Red Sox Notes: Scutaro, Papelbon

Red Sox GM Theo Epstein has been rather busy at the winter GM meetings, writes Sean McAdam of  While the club has yet to make a move, Epstein is hopeful that something will soon come out of the trade talks that he has had.

  • Yesterday, we learned that teams are showing interest in shortstop Marco Scutaro and the club is willing to move him for the right return.  The market for Scutaro is rapidly heating up as McAdam writes that six teams are in on the 35-year-old.  Potential landing spots include St. Louis, Cincinnati, San Diego, and San Francisco if the Giants are unable to re-sign Juan Uribe.  The Red Sox are seeking bullpen help in return for Scutaro, according to McAdam.
  • Closer Jonathan Papelbon will seek $11.5MM in arbitration, $2.15MM more than he earned in 2010, a major league source tells Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.  Papelbon is coming off of a down season in which he turned in career-highs in ERA (3.90) and BB/9 (3.8), though his 10.2 K/9 is consistent with his career average.