East Notes: Sizemore, Mets, Phillies

Some notes to pass along from the AL and NL East …

  • The Red Sox have contacted free agent outfielder Grady Sizemore, tweets Mike Silverman of the Boston Herald, and they are not thought to have spoken to free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran. Both players remain a long shot for Boston, according to Silverman, until the Red Sox figure out whether they want to re-sign David Ortiz.
  • The Mets will likely seek an affordable closer this offseason, according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, who spoke to three stoppers who might fit that bill: Jonathan Broxton, Brad Lidge and Joe Nathan. Broxton's agent told Martino that Brox is seeking an incentive-laden one-year deal with perhaps a vesting option, and he's willing to pitch as a setup man or a closer. Lidge's agent said Lidge, too, is flexible with respect to his role, and Nathan said he is receptive to either a short- or long-term contract.
  • Now that the Phillies' agreement on a four-year contract with Ryan Madson has either fallen through or never actually materialized in the first place, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald opines that Jonathan Papelbon, like Madson, is unlikely to secure a contract of four or more years from Philly. Just reading the tea leaves, it looks like the fourth year will be the primary haggling point for Madson and Papelbon in their respective negotiations.

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2 Comments on "East Notes: Sizemore, Mets, Phillies"

3 years 9 months ago

Hmm…Interesting, I definitely remember the reports being more positive, like you.  You’re definitely right about his value taking a big dive if he can’t stay behind the plate, at least Law said he’s “most likely” of the 3 you mentioned, and hopefully in 2012 he can step it up defensively.  

3 years 9 months ago

Yeah, honestly even with those reports I don’t know that I would put him in the same group as Montero and Lavarnway.