Quick Hits: Red Sox, Sizemore, Padres, Chen

Links for Wednesday night as we await arbitration decisions from the National and American Leagues…

  • Rob Bradford of WEEI.com surveyed this offseason's stronger-than-usual relief market with the help of many Major League GMs. The Red Sox aren’t desperate for a closer, because Daniel Bard and Bobby Jenks are already in their ‘pen, but GM Ben Cherington figures to explore the market for closers after losing Jonathan Papelbon to the Phillies.
  • The Phillies, Rockies and Cubs had more interest in Grady Sizemore than any teams except the Indians, according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer (Twitter links). Hoynes has the details on Sizemore’s incentives: the outfielder obtains $1MM if he reaches 500 plate appearances and $500K for every 25 plate appearances until he reaches 650. 
  • The Padres aren’t likely to sign any free agent pitchers to Major League deals this offseason, according to MLB.com’s Corey Brock (on Twitter). Padres GM Josh Byrnes sent starter Wade LeBlanc to Miami yesterday.
  • The Rockies had mild interest in Bruce Chen before he re-signed in Kansas City, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post (on Twitter). 
  • The Twins and Cubs were Chen’s primary suitors other than the Royals, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com (on Twitter).

21 Responses to Quick Hits: Red Sox, Sizemore, Padres, Chen Leave a Reply

  1. vtadave 4 years ago

    Yeah why should the Padres upgrade the rotation when they already have Mat Latos and that other…guy…plus those…other three guys…

    • iheartyourfart 4 years ago

      those no-names managed only the 6th best ERA in the majors despite injuries and no player earning more than $5m a year.

      not to mention the fact that they had the best minor league rotation in all of baseball last year with their AA affiliate.

      i don’t think their fans will be disappointed that they traded away a replacement level swing man like leblanc or failed to sign a slightly above replacement level starter like bruce chen.

      • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

        well, the no-names with mat latos’ 3.47 did. but if you adjust that figure for park factors, they were a below league average 17th (104 ERA-). 23rd in FIP-

  2. Bob 4 years ago

    Chen in Colorado wouldve been a disaster.

  3. slider32 4 years ago

    Cherrington must realize that losing Papelbon was a big loss. I don’t see the Sox going into next year with Jenks and Bard in the back of the rotation. They will get someone else once Bobby V is set.

  4. Bobby Jenks isn’t in the bullpen, he’s in the clubhouse eating chicken wings!…and onion rings…and french fries…and burgers…and milkshakes…and… i dunno what else.

  5. padresfuture 4 years ago

    This is a departure from what Hoyer had said. Hoyer seemed committed to adding a FA pitcher before he departed. I guess Byrnes will start making his own stamp on this team. I wonder if Harang will accept arb? If so, the rotation would seem set. I am in favor of not signing a FA pitcher unless it is a Roy Oswalt or better. This team needs hitters.

  6. MaineSox 4 years ago


  7. EarlyMorningBoxscore 4 years ago

    Your abundance of baseball knowledge is overwhelming. 

  8. gradylittle 4 years ago

    Haha Red Suxx, nice play on words! Real original too

  9. Redsoxn8tion 4 years ago

    Hey Diablo, what closer does your team have? Unless it’s Mariano quit your stupid Red Suxx blabber. They will be just fine without Craplebomb’s ego. But, you already knew that right?

  10. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    he’s probably a writer on two and half men with that witt

  11. John McFadin 4 years ago

    I think mlbtr should moderate all of your posts.

  12. Tim Valencia 4 years ago

    you constantly brag about your knowledge of baseball, but I would more impressed with  your knowledge of a keyboard

  13. johnnycomelately9 4 years ago

    You Forgot Oramas bleacher; and Castro might get a call in the second half.

    The pads have the best minor system but very few know so. That’s why us that do know so seem like we’re braggin. Both Moorad and Brynes are in the know, which is why they jacked the pads during Moores divorce. The pads have a ton of pitching and added greatly to it in the Adams trade; and overall the team helped themselves in the last draft. They won both AA and High A last year. They should lead all teams on top 100 list in numbers of players. They also had the Midwest MVP and #1 prospect in their system. Also all of the arms listed by bleacher and I have quality upside. The best pitcher in the system might be Sampson though. But really all of those guys should be able to exceed Richard and Moseley by 2013. Bass on paper is also behind all pitchers listed. It made big time sense to trade Leblanc.

  14. Thomas Sanabria 4 years ago

    They have Kelly and Erlin……Kyle Wieiland is a Red Sox.

  15. Oh my God, all of his letters are capitalized!  I think I’m dying!

    Seriously, it’s not a big deal.

  16. East Coast Bias 4 years ago

    But can you tell how many licks does it takes to get to the tootsie roll center of a tootsie pop? 

  17. Erlin, Kelly  just too name a few and the Mets have some nice ones too.

  18. Tim Valencia 4 years ago

    Joe Wieland, is with the padres.Ughhhhhh.  Probably most dominating AA pitching rotation. Oramas Kelly, Wieland Erlni Castro

  19. padresfuture 4 years ago

    Reyes and Hernandez are not slugs either. By the end of the year that rotation went seven deep with starting pitchers that could all reach the majors soon.

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