Cafardo’s Latest: Konerko, V-Mart, Wakefield, Downs

In his latest column for the Boston Globe, Nick Cafardo looks at the career earnings for some of the biggest names in baseball, with an eye toward the offseason. Cafardo wonders if players in good situations like Adrian Beltre and Paul Konerko would give their respective clubs a slight discount, or if they'll pursue the most money possible on the open market. Here are some other highlights from Cafardo's piece:

  • Konerko negotiated his last contract primarily with White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, and Cafardo wouldn't be surprised to see Reinsdorf step in again to keep Konerko in Chicago.
  • Although they don't love his defense behind the plate, the Marlins are a team that will be interested in signing Victor Martinez this winter.
  • A National League scout could see Tim Wakefield succeeding on the mound in the NL for another couple years, but questions whether Wakefield would be able to hit and run the bases, as the Senior Circuit requires. Cafardo indicates that the 44-year-old is frustrated with his role in Boston.
  • Cafardo predicts that the Red Sox will sign Scott Downs this winter.
  • As of Friday, Kevin Towers had only had one conversation with D'Backs president Derrick Hall about the team's GM opening, according to a source. It was on Friday that we heard Towers was the frontrunner for the Arizona job.


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31 Comments on "Cafardo’s Latest: Konerko, V-Mart, Wakefield, Downs"


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mrsjohnmiltonrocks
4 years 9 months ago

Kornerko stays with the Sox. I just can’t, won’t, get my mind around him being on another team. He’s so perfect there, I refuse to imagine a Sox team without him.

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j6takish
4 years 9 months ago

Paulie will take a discount, Beltre will absolutely not

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RedSox2219
4 years 9 months ago

Wake’s frustrated with his role? Well I’m frustrated by his pitching…

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johnsilver
4 years 9 months ago

Wake probably could go to the NL and baffle people there, but really, not his legs as much as that back of his that goes out every single season in late July-August when he is used much at all. Can anyone see him lasting until June even if he had to bat OR run the bases as fragile as he is now?

Wake has stated many times that would retire before leaving Boston, even gave them the “lifetime” 4m recurring team option several years ago after he won 17 games as a show of gratitude towards them. Can’t see him leaving period, just retiring if it ever gets to a certain level of frustration.

Why Boston would still have interest in Downs as a FA in the deepest drat for years is crazy, even if they signed another type A FA and he “only” cost them a 2nd round pick. A 2nd round pick in the upcoming 2011 draft should be the equivalent of a 1st in many others for teams that usually draft/scout well. It is foolishness at it’s worst for a 35YO guy who would be coming in for them no later than the 7th inning.

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RedSox2219
4 years 9 months ago

If anything, Boston should let Beltre and V-Mart go, get some draft picks and refurbish the system. Unless both players sign a team friendly contract.

No way to Scott Downs, basically everything johnsilver said is on the point.

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redsox4120
4 years 9 months ago

Why oh why would you just let Vic and Beltre go? One I understand but both?! The Sox got money coming off the books this year, it needs to be used to sign Vic long term(4yrs/about 60mil) and used to get a few pen arms, preferably Scott Downs, Joaquin Benoit, (resign) Scott Atchison. The Sox have a lot of good talent still in the system, Anthony Rizzo, Jose Iglesias, Casey Kelly, Anthony Ranaudo, Sotlmey Pimentel, etc. The talent they brought up this year(Daniel Nava, Yamico Navaro, Gustavo Molina, Dusty Brown) aren’t the best the farm has to offer(omit Kalish, Reddick, Anderson)
Point is, the Sox need to focus on resigning/signing players, not letting them walk just to pad a system that already is teaming with talent.

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BoSoXaddict
4 years 9 months ago

There’s no chance the Sox will offer V-Mart a 4/60 deal and I don’t blame them. The bottom line is that the Sox don’t see him as a long term option for catcher and therefore won’t pay him as such.

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RedSox2219
4 years 9 months ago

The only one I would like to see resigned is Beltre but he is so iffy on whether or not he’ll produce to where I think they should let him walk.

V-Mart…God, I don’t know what they should do. He can’t throw out guys, but he can mash the ball.

Personally though, let them walk and see what the young guys can bring and sign some scabs basically.