Red Sox Rumors: Wakefield, Varitek, Trade Talks

We heard earlier this evening that David Ortiz plans to return to Boston next season, either through arbitration or a multiyear deal. Now let's check in on some other Red Sox news:


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  1. Karkat 4 years ago

    Aw, come on, at least let Wake compete for a bullpen spot. Long relief or something.

    • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

      you don’t want bedard but you do want wakefield? why i oughta

      • Ben_Cherington 4 years ago

        You do realize that wakefield has a top 10 best knuckleball in the majors right?

      • Karkat 4 years ago

        If you don’t love Wakefield, you have no soul, numbers be damned!

        • MaineSox 4 years ago

          I love Wakefield, I just love him somewhere else.

        • MaineSox 4 years ago

          I love Wakefield, I just love him somewhere else.

        • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

          ^this. i still love him. i just think we should see other people

          • Justin Lindsay 4 years ago

            ^Sorry kinda screwed up your response

        • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

          ^this. i still love him. i just think we should see other people

  2. Shawn from New Hampshire 4 years ago

    Brad Lidge?  god I hope thats a joke

    • Redsoxn8tion 4 years ago

      Guys, these are just rumors. I definitely don’t see Tex back, but Wake is a possibility.

  3. Whole_New_World 4 years ago

    Amazing that Tim Wakefield has a winning record and Matt Cain has a losing record.

    (Not a slam on Tim at all. Love his story. Hope he catches on somewhere.)

    • johnsilver 4 years ago

      Amazing what the best offense in the game will do for a pitcher isn’t it, vs one of the most anemic ones?

      As for no Wake.. If Wake not returning is a “package” with for SURE Varitek being GONE for good.. Then I guess it is ok. Tek is of no use, while at least IMO Wake could have helped a little.

  4. Looks like Buck got his boy from Boston.

  5. Ben_Cherington 4 years ago

    Let’s play NAME THAT CREATURE!!

    Here is your clue:  RED SOX SUCK!! HAHA I HOPE THEY LOSE EVERY GAME!

    Is it:

    A: Preacher Creature
    B: Bleacher Creaturd
    C: Teacher Creature
    or
    D: Bleacher Creature

    Good Luck!

  6. Phillies_Aces35 4 years ago

    I know the Red Sox don’t want to pay money for a closer but I hope they’re not looking at Lidge as any more than a 7th/8th inning guy.

    Would love to see the Phillies make a run at Scutaro if they cannot get a deal done with J-Roll.

    • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

      who are you offering? i haven’t rosterbated in a good 20 minutes

  7. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    What would the red sox like from the jays for scutaro?

    casey janssen will do, yes?

    • Ben_Cherington 4 years ago

      Joey Bats will do, yes?

    • Mick_In_Ithaca 4 years ago

      Wouldn’t mind having Scutaro back, but I wouldn’t want to lose Janssen. 

      • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

        2B > 7/8th inning reliever

        • Mick_In_Ithaca 4 years ago

          Jays need to improve pitching more than offense. I’d like them to keep the good pitchers they have. Janssen plus Santos might be a dandy combo at the back end of the pen. And Scutaro is 36. He’s not an everyday player at this point, although he’d be quite useful for 400 PAs or so. But for $6M?

          Maybe they’d take Litsch. Oh yeah.

          • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

            I’m sure theres a chicken, beer, jesse litsch joke out there some where

    • commenter3346 4 years ago

      A lot since the Jays are in the same division.

      I’d rather trade away Lowrie though. I like Scutaro a lot more than him.

    • commenter3346 4 years ago

      A lot since the Jays are in the same division.

      I’d rather trade away Lowrie though. I like Scutaro a lot more than him.

    • MaineSox 4 years ago

      I’m going to go with no, partially because as a 7th/8th inning reliever Janssen’s value is limited (plus he’s still a relative question mark) and partially because with the current market for SS/2B I think the Sox could probably do better.

      • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

        I cant think of anything else the sox would want

        hed be a nice 2B pick up for the jays though

        • MaineSox 4 years ago

          Agreed, Scutaro would be a great fit for Toronto.

          What about Janssen plus a minor league pitcher (not a particularly highly rated one obviously)?  I don’t know enough about the Jays’ system to take a guess at who they might have who fits that bill though.

          • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

            its so tough because its a divisional rival.

            wish you guys would have let him go!

          • cyberboo 4 years ago

            The Jays aren’t trading Janssen.  He was the one bright spot in the whole bullpen last year and many saw him taking over the closers role.  Would Boston trade Bard for Scutero.  If the answer is no, you have your answer about Janssen. 

  8. Nation15 4 years ago

    Scutaro to Giants possibly?

  9. JohnnyC 4 years ago

    K-Rod is still out there…

  10. EarlyMorningBoxscore 4 years ago

    I’m now convinced that this off-season the Red Sox are not going to do much. I had some hope at possibly getting someone who I might be excited about. However, that seems less and less likely. 

    • Phillies_Aces35 4 years ago

      They don’t really have too. I also heard Gammons say they’re not going to go over the luxury tax for the third straight year and with Big Papi accepting arbitration, they’re not going to have flexibility.

      • EarlyMorningBoxscore 4 years ago

        I know they don’t have too. I just as fan wanted to see something especially on the pitching side of things. If they could work a deal for Andrew Bailey and maybe a decent starter I’d be okay. I don’t mind letting Reddick play in RF that idea has grown on me. 

      • EarlyMorningBoxscore 4 years ago

        I know they don’t have too. I just as fan wanted to see something especially on the pitching side of things. If they could work a deal for Andrew Bailey and maybe a decent starter I’d be okay. I don’t mind letting Reddick play in RF that idea has grown on me. 

    • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

      day 2 of the GM meetings, first week of december: towel thrown in

      atta boy

      • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

        sox should have a firesale

        do you realize the kind of prospects Ben would bring in after selling lester, pedroia, ellsbury and gonzalez?

        start the rebuild!!!

        • MaineSox 4 years ago

          Pawtucket and Portland would be locks for the playoffs!!

        • commenter3346 4 years ago

          Those are probably the 4 untouchable players on the Red Sox roster. Especially Lester, Pedroia & Gonzalez (due to the fact that Ellsbury’s contract is up in 2 years & the probability he re-signs here is slim).

          • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

            I did not know that, thanks.

    • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

      day 2 of the GM meetings, first week of december: towel thrown in

      atta boy

  11. bighiggy 4 years ago

    would you take kyle mclellan and westbrook or schumaker for lowrie or scutaro?

  12. bighiggy 4 years ago

    would you take kyle mclellan and westbrook or schumaker for lowrie or scutaro?

  13. Lance Lynn and Schumaker for Scutaro seems good…..

  14. dc21892 4 years ago

    Damn, I wanted Boston to grab Quentin. Possibly Thornton as well. It would take a good quality package to get them, though.

  15. johnsilver 4 years ago

    This will sound…Funny… But  Scuttaro ATM is actually one of the few decent bats on the Sox team. Lowrie, sure but now am pretty sure he is the one they will move with the sad news ortiz will more than likely accept arbitration and Avilles available to be the utility infielder.

    Ortiz, accepting arbitration hurts this team in multiple ways and helps in virtually none.

  16. hawkny1 4 years ago

    Wakefield and Veritek , combined, are 85 years old.
    Enough is enough!
    Retire men!

  17. Loyalty amoung major league players is dead….Now by no giving WAkefield a chance at long relief I say the ownership has the same lack of loyalty…WAkefield could have eaten up 120 or so middle innings this year for a measly million bucks…My loyalty has always been divided between The Sox & Cardinals…Maybe I can drop NESN this year & watch the Cardinals every night.

    • MaineSox 4 years ago

      Talk about a lack of loyalty, if you’re willing to stop being a fan of a team because they are cutting ties with a guy who isn’t good for anything more than mop up duty, then maybe you should quit talking and do it.

      • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

        Rays can use some more fans..

        I say you kick out all the dumb sox fans and sell them to tampa for shields

        • MaineSox 4 years ago

          They all go down there for the winter anyway, so maybe we just don’t let them back in.

        • johnsilver 4 years ago

          “Rays can use some more fans..”

          They could use another voice other than Dewayne Staats.. Take it from someone who lives in central Florida.. His whiney voice, horrific homerism.. he is about as bad as it gets and hard to see how they could attract anyone new. Even Kevin Kennedy (his booth-mate) gets tired of it sometimes and it is plainly obvious.

    • NomarGarciaparra 4 years ago

      Loyalty? At what point do we draw the line? If loyalty was limitless, Pedro would’ve retired in a Sox uniform…after his monsterous contract ended, during which he was injured for a significant amount of time. Nomar would’ve been in the same scenario.

  18. StanleyHudson 4 years ago

    Wonder who the Chi sox would want for Quentin.

    • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

      annoying that they talked to the white sox and it wasn’t about thornton. makes me think they have a bullpen plan i am not going to like

    • commenter3346 4 years ago

      Quentin has 1 year left on his contract, has injury problems, is poor defender and is expensive. No thank you.

  19. Guest 4 years ago

    I love Wakefield, but for the team-sake, he has to go… 

    Tek -bye, bye

    Lavarnway at Catcher w/ Salty, Salty gone after the year, Lavarnway full-time

    Keep Scutaro/Youk infield

    Scutaro gone at end of year, bring up Iglesias
    Youk keep on until end of contract 100%, resign and later split time with Middlebrooks and DH

    For now – Reddick in RF – there is no one else worth the $$ to replace him, he is cheap and relatively productive, this free agent class is weak in OF

    GET PITCHING! GET PITCHING! GET PITCHING!

  20. Happy that David has accepted arbitration and will be back for at least one more year. Phew!
    Wakefield may pitch next year but it won’t be with the Red Sox.
    Varitek is done with being an active player here or anywhere. Hopefully he is offered a job within the Red Sox organization and eventually becomes a manager in the organization. Manager of the parent club? Dunno. Maybe. Some day. But first he has to pay his dues in the minors. Scutaro and Lowrie stay. One as the starting SS, the other as MLB’s premiere Utility man. If Lowrie is the SS, stays healthy and consistent at the plate as well as in the field, who knows? Maybe Iglesias becomes the trade bait chip. Methinks if Iglesias hasn’t been able to learn how to hit AAA pitching by now, he’s never going to hit major league pitching.
    And, IMHO, Reddick and Kalish can fight it out during Spring Training for Right Field. My money is on Reddick.

  21. Justin Lindsay 4 years ago

    I like the idea of a trade for Quentin. The problem is, I’m looking at the rotation and even if Bard moved to the rotation that still only leaves us with four starters unless Ace moves into a full time starter role as well.

  22. Justin Lindsay 4 years ago

    Lester, Beckett, Bucholz, ?, ?

  23. Ned Gold 4 years ago

    I disagree. First, the Sox have top notch defensive players in the outfield with Ellsbury in center and Crawford in left, so I don’t see Cespedes ‘shuffling around’. Second, Cespedes came out and said that he was looking for 2x the $$$ that Aroldis Chapman made (60k). Somebody playing on a ~ 120k contract should not be splitting play-time.

    I really want the Red Sox to get a deal done for an impact pitcher like Gio Gonzalez, or bolster the bullpen. I think that the lineup is pretty good as is.

  24. Guest 4 years ago

    Aroldis Chapman has the same salary as me?

  25. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    I dont understand your financial examples for chapman and cespedes//

    120k? huh

  26. johnsilver 4 years ago

    I forgot to add “RH” to bats when made that post, then think many of you other long time sox fans who post here have long ago figured out most of the time what I meant to say when leave things out like that….

    Spot on with Scutaro being probably the one to have around for another year with the hope Iglesias can learn to hit with another year at AAA. Not sure they will try to keep him after the year with his age, lack of range, but try to enjoy him in 2012 and hope his shoulder holds up, cause like you wrote.. he performed very well after around like May in 2011.

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