Newspapers from both Boston and Baltimore are confirming that the Red Sox have contacted the Orioles about catcher Javy Lopez. The 35 year-old Lopez has only caught twenty games this season, but he could certainly provide acceptable offense for the rest of the month until Jason Varitek comes back.
The Boston Herald indicates that Lopez could clear waivers today. A source tells me that the Red Sox may part with 23 year-old southpaw starter Abe Alvarez. Alvarez is the guy who wears his hat crooked to compensate for being legally blind in one eye. He’s proven quite hittable in Triple A this year. Back in June, the Red Sox offered Alvarez for Ryan Shealy. Alvarez seems to get mentioned in a lot of trade rumors.
The Yankees wouldn’t be able to block a claim of Lopez, as they have a slight lead in the standings today. It’s hard to picture another American League team blocking the claim, but you never know. Should Lopez fall through, here are some other options the Red Sox might consider. Among those, a couple of Philly papers have already indicated that the Sox aren’t interested in Mike Lieberthal.