Nov. 10 offseason roundup: Red Sox making back-up plans
The offseason is yet to get truly cranking, so let's round up some anticipatory rumors.
In essence, the hot stove is still heating up, so Sunday was another slow one in terms of actual goings-on. However, here's some scuttle and "light news" to sustain us until the free agents start putting ink to contract ...
•Right-hander Kip Wells has officially retired after parts of 12 major-league seasons with nine different teams (Jerry Crasnick via Twitter).
•WEEI's Rob Bradford reports that the Boston Red Sox have A.J. Pierzynski in mind in case their plans for Brian McCann don't bear fruit.
•Speaking of the Red Sox and contingency plans, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the champs may target Mark Trumbo in trade should they be unable (or unwilling) to pay the going rates for free agent first baseman Mike Napoli .
•David Lennon of Newsday tweets that the New York Mets will soon meet with Scott Boras to discuss, most notably, Shin-Soo Choo and Stephen Drew .
•Would A.J. Burnett consider signing a pro-rated "Roger Clemens"-style contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates ? That's Tom Singer's idea.
• St. Louis Cardinals GM John Mozeliak tells Jim Bowden that he'd be willing to part with young pitching in order to get a "young, controllable shortstop."
•The New York Yankees are expected to pursue free agent catcher Brian McCann. As David O'Brien notes on Twitter, even if they don't lure him to the Bronx, they'll drive the price up for whoever signs him.
•Per Joel Sherman, Washington Nationals 3B coach Trent Jewett is likely to join Lloyd McLendon's staff as bench coach of the Seattle Mariners .
•The Colorado Rockies have interest in SP Tim Hudson and C Carlos Ruiz , reports Troy Renck of the Denver Post.
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