Red Sox Pursued Jose Bautista Trade

The Red Sox "made multiple offers" for Jose Bautista during the Winter Meetings, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.  Boston "never got the sense that the Blue Jays were serious about a deal" and Rosenthal reports that several other clubs inquired about Bautista's availability as well.

One would think that the Sox would've had to pay a premium to extract Bautista from their division rivals, but needless to say, that trade would have completely altered the shape of the offseason.  Let's play alternate reality for a moment and explore how a Bautista deal would have affected Boston's two biggest winter moves…

  • The Adrian Gonzalez trade.  Rosenthal notes that the Red Sox were specifically looking for an outfielder (Carlos Beltran and Magglio Ordonez were also options), so a Bautista deal would've kept Kevin Youkilis at third base and left Boston looking for a big bat at first.  It's hard to see Theo Epstein, however, cleaning out his farm system for the sake of two trades, when Boston has the finances to simply sign a big-name free agent.  It's also possible the Jays would've wanted some of the prospects that the Sox sent to the Padres for Gonzalez.  That said, the Red Sox had been interested in Gonzalez for so long that they surely put him at a higher level of importance than acquiring Bautista.
  • The Carl Crawford signing.  Bautista's presence would've made Carl Crawford's signing unnecessary, unless the Red Sox were prepared to move J.D. Drew or just keep a $14MM player in a bench role.  If Crawford doesn't land in Boston, that has a domino effect on several other teams; for instance, if Crawford instead had signed with the Angels, then the club wouldn't have hade a need for Vernon Wells.


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105 Comments on "Red Sox Pursued Jose Bautista Trade"


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4 years 5 months ago

The Angels didn’t have a need for Vernon Wells when they traded for Vernon Wells…

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4 years 5 months ago

Came to the comments to say the exact same thing.

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4 years 5 months ago

Using that logic, the Red Sox didn’t have a need for Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, or Jose Bautista either.

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fitz
4 years 5 months ago

Interesting but I think all Red Sox fans are much happier the way the off season has really panned out.

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WisBrave
4 years 5 months ago

Yeah, can’t blame them for being happy about it, a lot of other teams would have been happy with a similar out come as well.

Guest
4 years 5 months ago

Yes, I agree. Assuming that Gonzalez signs the extension with Boston, it’s a very good deal. After seeing how they pillaged the Angels over Wells, Bautista certainly wouldn’t have come cheap.

Guest
4 years 5 months ago

JBau as a member of the Sox would hit 50HRS at fenway lol That would be sweet!!!!!

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mhunke
4 years 5 months ago

You realize he hits every HR to left field right? Fenway would turn him into a doubles hitter.

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lefty177
4 years 5 months ago

did you see how high he hit some of them though? They’d go over the Monster, IMO.

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mhunke
4 years 5 months ago

Sure, a lot of them would. But you can’t say ALL of them would..

Guest
4 years 5 months ago

he would launch them over that wall. Did you see some of those bombs he hit at fenway last season.

Guest
4 years 5 months ago

as opposed to the 50 he just hit?

Guest
4 years 5 months ago

To be fair, he specified AT Fenway. 50 HRs in 81 games would certainly be impressive.

Guest
4 years 5 months ago

oh yeah

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Dbeard
4 years 5 months ago

Well, u could easily say the same thing as gonzo…

Guest
4 years 5 months ago

Glad the red sox didnt get bautista… he is gonna be a 1 year wonder like Chris Johnson

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4 years 5 months ago

CHRIS WHO?

Guest
4 years 5 months ago

exactly

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Dave_Gershman
4 years 5 months ago

Chris Johnson was a one month wonder…And his “blasts” occured at Minute Maid Park…In other words, Minute Maid is concentrated.

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rzepczynski
4 years 5 months ago

chris johnson is a running back for the titans who ran for 2000 yards last year I guess your only a baseball fan lol

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Dave_Gershman
4 years 5 months ago

I am only a Baseball fan.

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rzepczynski
4 years 5 months ago

apparently if someone says chris johnson (number one fantasy pick this year in most drafts for NFL) and you think of a guy with less than 400 at bats who plays for the astros lmao

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fitz
4 years 5 months ago

I follow football a good bit but the baseball player is still the first player to come to mind given that this is MLBTR. :)

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HerbertAnchovy
4 years 5 months ago

Me as well. Does any other sport really matter?

Guest
4 years 5 months ago

yea im only a baseball fan 2000 last year that was his only good year I guess your not a smart kid because a 1 year wonder is someone who has 1 good year nuff said

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jwsox
4 years 5 months ago

3 years in the league 4600 yards rushing yep a 1 year wonder…you dont know anything about football….just because he was not on espn every sunday does not make him a 1 year wonder “nuff said”

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Cubbie
4 years 5 months ago

Nuff Chris johnson(the running back) talk this is a baseball app though it would be coolif it was football too and don’t forget basketball

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Mick_In_Ithaca
4 years 5 months ago

Well, I guess, unlike you, the Red Sox front office doesn’t think so. Nor do most people who’ve actually seen him play.

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MaineSox
4 years 5 months ago

Regardless of whether or not he is a one year wonder I am happier with Crawford than Bautista, so I’m glad it didn’t happen.

That’s assuming that while not a one year wonder he also isn’t a 50 HR per year hitter, more like 30ish. If I thought he was a 50 per year hitter I could change my mind.

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jwsox
4 years 5 months ago

you clearly know nothing about football…chris johnson is not a one year wonder…his rookie year 08 he ran for 1200 yrds at 4.9 per carry(AWESOME!) 9 TDs along with 206 receiving yeards for 1 touch and only coughed the ball up once his rookie year…yes 09 was his best year so far(in a 3 year career) 2000 yrds a 5.6/carry 14 tds 503 receiving yards 2 receiving tds and only coughed it up 3 times….last season he 1300 at 4.3/carry(very very very good) 11 tds 245 receiving yards 1 receiving td 3 fumbles and only 2 lost…how exactly is he a one year wonder????

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okbluejays
4 years 5 months ago

What a terrible comment. Seriously. Johnson had another awesome year this year and is one the best running backs in the entire NFL. Anyways…

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okbluejays
4 years 5 months ago

Interesting….I wonder what they were offering? I’m assuming it would have included at least a few of the pieces that were sent to San Diego for Agon. I wouldn’t have been that upset if Toronto could have gotten a good package of young players and perhaps a roster player for Bautista. I’m really hoping he can start off strong next year and perhaps AA starts to shop him at the trade deadline when his value is even higher (yes I know he’s coming off of a huge year and his value is high now, but nobody REALLY knows what to expect for next year, if he comes out of the gates and has 20-25hr’s by the all-star break then his value will be even higher).

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4 years 5 months ago

great post…I hope Bautista comes out mashing for the fence and that AA can flip him for some additional talent. Let’s face it the Jays are at least two to three years away from contending and prospects that are close would go along way in ensuring that they stay perennial contenders.

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JaysFTW
4 years 5 months ago

You would have been happy facing Bautista 20x a year for the next few years? Not me.

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vilifyingforce
4 years 5 months ago

The problem with flipping Bautista at the deadline is he’s going to be a free agent, so unless a club can work out a deal ahead of time we won’t be getting much back in any possible trade of JBau.