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Astros/Red Sox Deal Cooking?

Buster Olney tosses a little trade rumor nugget out in today's blog:

"By the way: the Red Sox had multiple scouts tracking the Houston Astros on Thursday, at a time when the Astros are looking for a starter (Matt Clement? Wells? Arroyo?)"

Let's see here...what might the Red Sox want in return?  Jason Lane to replace Trot Nixon?  Seems that if the Sox need anything, it's a corner infielder in the event Mike Lowell doesn't pan out.  I can't really find a good match just perusing the Major League rosters.  Perhaps a three-team deal is in the works or it's something more minor. 

If the Pirates want Arroyo back, Craig Wilson would be a decent fit given that Youkilis can play third...the Pirates have two vacancies in their rotation but a host of candidates to fill them.

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Houston has been sniffing for a 2b. How about Graffanino for something small?


Just seems weird with Biggio and Burke already in house.

>>>Houston has been sniffing for a 2b. How about Graffanino for something small?<<<

Houston doesn't need a 2nd baseman, they already have Biggio and then Burke in 2007/2008. What Houston needs is starting pitching. Lane could well be trade-bait because with the addition of Preston Wilson, the outfield is now set for years to come. Berkman, Taveras and Wilson this year and then Scott, Taveras and Wilson or even Josh Anderson or Hunter Pence in the future.

BP's team health report for the Red Sox today was very pessimistic about Nixon, I should add.

Perhaps the Astros could tempt the Red Sox with Troy Patton.

Yeah that one sounds feasible, assuming they want to surrender their top young pitcher. Maybe if they wanted Clement and the Sox ate some salary...

ya right red sox? more like red sux. tha red sox have nuttin to offer the astros. 'cept mo vaughn, oh wait he retired.

Do you think the Astros would want Wells? He seems to be on the verge of demanding another trade after being told he was going to pitch the first two weeks.

It's also my opinion that the last thing the Astros need is a 43 year old headache. But, if the price is right, why not?

Could work, and I can't imagine the price being incredibly steep.

Adding Clement or Arroyo may also be a carrot they dangle for Roger. Red Sox have inquired about Taveras in the past, so it may be Lane or Taveras that goes to Boston for starting pitching.

Too bad the Sox traded Marte, who would have let them just drop Lowell and his oversized contract.

Astros are not looking for a second baseman, they have Biggio through next year until he gets 3000 hits then Burke takes over. The Angels rumor (kennedy to the Stros for Jason Lane) posted on here was bogus, I emailed Richard Justice (of the houston chronicle) and he had heard nothing of the likes.

If the Astros were looking to deal, they'd be willing to part with several young players, which do not include Jason Lane. They think Lane's going to be a 40 homer guy, and they need his power. If they ship someone off, it would be Tavaras, who could take over CF, and then Coco Crisp could move to right or left field. Tavaras is much better than Crisp defensively.

I think I'd have to agree that a 3rd team would be involve, these two teams don't seem to match up with wants/needs and available players.

Houston has made it known that they are interested in a #3 type starter. My guess is that they are looking at Clement, maybe Wells. Given the premium HOU puts on good character, my guess is Clement.

None of the guys that are supposed to be competing for the 4 & 5 spots have stepped up per say. Astacio and Wandy have done okay, but nothing like expected.

Neither Taveras nor Lane will be dealt unless there is something BIG in return (see the Tejada deal). Now if ManRam was involved, then yes, I could see Lane and others being included.

FredUD I think you are overvaluing Taveras. If Boston was willing to pick up a lot of Clements salary Taveras for Clement is an even trade. Taveras is not that good. He is way too much of a free swinger and if his contact rate drops at all he will be in trouble. Right now he is the fourth outfielder on Houston

right now they are saying that Tavaras is going to be back in the minors, in AAA, hopefully there he'll learn the art of driving the ball and stealing bases. If not, then he's a poor man's vince coleman at best.

I think the Red Sox should give a chance to Mike Lowell.The pirates and the Red Sox as two teams have a match for a trade,But i cant think off a match with the astros also involved,the pirates and astros have the same needs.Starting pitching.

The only way the sox would trade Manny is if, we got Ensberg Lanes and prospects sounds good to me.

i wouldn't mind an arroyo or clement for choi and something minor. what with the craig wilson speculation and the dodgers unfortunate lack of choi.

Kyle - Remember, Taveras has yet to play a game in AAA. He jumped from AA last year and performed well overall in the field for never playing in anything more than a single tier stadium (maybe a small double tier. Just look at "The Fielding Bible". The fact is, he's young and cheap with plenty of potential.

I'm not saying that they wouldn't deal Taveras, just that they wouldn't use him in a minor type deal. They'd probably rather put together a package of lower level prospects. Josh Anderson nor Charlton Jimerson have proven that they can replace Taveras. The next in line with that possibilty is Flores in the low minors. CF is a difficult position to fill (see the Astros CF'ers minus Beltran's half season over the past 5 years). They won't give him up easily, and certainly not for Clement. Either way, the Sox scouts wouldn't be in Houston's camp looking at Taveras...he's with the DR team in the WBC right now.

Kyle - Remember, Taveras has yet to play a game in AAA. He jumped from AA last year and performed well overall in the field for never playing in anything more than a single tier stadium (maybe a small double tier. Just look at "The Fielding Bible". The fact is, he's young and cheap with plenty of potential.

I'm not saying that they wouldn't deal Taveras, just that they wouldn't use him in a minor type deal. They'd probably rather put together a package of lower level prospects. Josh Anderson nor Charlton Jimerson have proven that they can replace Taveras. The next in line with that possibilty is Flores in the low minors. CF is a difficult position to fill (see the Astros CF'ers minus Beltran's half season over the past 5 years). They won't give him up easily, and certainly not for Clement. Either way, the Sox scouts wouldn't be in Houston's camp looking at Taveras...he's with the DR team in the WBC right now.

LOL why is anyone even bringing up manny ramirez here? The only person houston has that boston would take is berkman in a even trade. They both suck in the field, but this will never happen either seeing how one is paid a shat load more than the other. But IMO manny deserves more money.

i know there was a lot of talk about possibly dealing lidge earlier in the offseason. i kind of doubt that would happen at this point since the teams dont have a great match but who knows.

im not sure why everyone still thinks arroyo is on the block. im pretty sure the soxs would be fried in the media if they traded him right now unless they got an insane deal for him and i really doubt that is going to happen.

also why would the sox want taveras? he doesnt play their obp game and they are set at center. they already have some speedy backups so why pay a lot in talent for something they dont need.

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