AL East Links: Kazmir, Orioles, Epstein, Wakefield

The Red Sox announced minor league deals with Ross Ohlendorf and Mauro Gomez earlier today. Here are the rest of the links from their division…

  • The Red Sox will not be one of the teams in attendance for Scott Kazmir's workout tomorrow, reports Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe (on Twitter). The southpaw's audition was supposed to be today, but it was pushed back.
  • Korean pitching prospect Seong-Min Kim originally agreed to a $575K deal with the Orioles, Ben Badler of Baseball America reports.
  • Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun hears that while MLB hasn't approved the contract between the Orioles and the 17-year-old left-hander, MLB didn't technically void it. In any case it seems the deal for Kim will not go through as originally announced.
  • A Red Sox official expects compensation for Theo Epstein to be finalized "very soon," Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe tweets. The Red Sox and Cubs recently sent briefs to the commissioner's office explaining their perspective on the issue of how to compensate Boston for Epstein's departure to Chicago.
  • Agent Barry Meister didn't comment on whether Tim Wakefield will accept a minor league deal from the Red Sox, Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com tweets. It doesn't appear that Wakefield will accept the offer, Edes writes.

Mike Axisa contributed to this post.


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65 Comments on "AL East Links: Kazmir, Orioles, Epstein, Wakefield"


Blanketsburg
3 years 6 months ago

With Wakefield being one of my favourite players, it’s difficult to watch him struggle. He wasn’t Lackey-bad, but he certainly wasn’t much better. He deserves plenty of respect for his career, but I think it’s time he hangs up his spikes and takes an administrative or special assistant/consultant role with the team.

Ron Loreski
3 years 6 months ago

The Theo Epstein stuff is more annoying than the Oswalt and Burnett stuff combined.

notsureifsrs
3 years 6 months ago

you should complain about it on every post. really livens things up

notsureifsrs
3 years 6 months ago

you should complain about it on every post. really livens things up

3 years 6 months ago

Please Cubs just send J. Baker to Boston so this can end and the Cubs can move on.

Karkat
3 years 6 months ago

Guys we’re missing the really big news here: Ross Ohlendorf!!!

(I think it’d be hilarious if he plays a role in the bullpen though. Aceves, Melancon, and Ohlendorf shutting down the Yankees for 4 innings in a game would be the coolest thing)

Mike1L
3 years 6 months ago

This is going to be a blast when the compensation decree is handed down by Selig.  Make it fair, Commissioner.  People are going to be unhappy whatever you do, so you might as well do it soon, and let the two teams adapt afterwards.  

lefty177
3 years 6 months ago

No way, the Sox aren’t in on a pitcher that’s trying to prove himself??

mstrchef13
3 years 6 months ago

Boston’s compensation will be Alfonso Soriano and his contract.

BoSoXaddict
3 years 6 months ago

I bet it will be Tory McNutt.

scott brecht
3 years 6 months ago

do a little more research and pick an actual prospect. 

BoSoXaddict
3 years 6 months ago

Obviously that was a typo, I meant Trey.

BoSoXaddict
3 years 6 months ago

MNTwins12
3 years 6 months ago

Scott Kazmir or Brandon Webb?

3 years 6 months ago

 Wasn’t Wake supposed to make up his mind last weekend?

Tyler
3 years 6 months ago

I think your vision is clouded. 

3 years 6 months ago

Better luck with blasting a womp rat in your T-16, you’d have.

3 years 6 months ago

Better luck with blasting a womp rat in your T-16, you’d have.

Tyler
3 years 6 months ago

You can have Theo back. Let him collect that multi-million dollar contract to be a lame duck GM. We keep our draft pick (1st rd) and these other astronomical wishes. We’ll just pick him back up come the 2013 season.

Tyler
3 years 6 months ago

Its not considered tampering if you ALLOW him to talk to the Cubs Organization while under contract. Boston basically shot themselves in the foot by allowing this.

Brad426
3 years 6 months ago

 Old already, that has gotten.

$1519287
3 years 6 months ago

Loving your posts, I am. 

– ECB

$1519287
3 years 6 months ago

Loving your posts, I am. 

– ECB

EarlyMorningBoxscore
3 years 6 months ago

How original. 

redsx968
3 years 6 months ago

We had a nice streak where the joke was out of commission… you just had to bring it back. But seriously it’s not that it’s not funny- the Sox collapse was embarrassing for me but I acknowledge the thought of lackey lester and beckett eating chicken and boozing in the clubhouse is hilarious. But, like any joke, when you are 4 months late after incessant repetition of that joke for those 4 months, its not funny.

TL;DR=> the situation was/is funny. As were the jokes for the first few weeks. Now they straight up aren’t funny

phee17
3 years 6 months ago

salty

johnsilver
3 years 6 months ago

 You forgot to add useless, pointless, child like.. Can add more, but everyone gets the point am pretty sure.

johnsilver
3 years 6 months ago

 You forgot to add useless, pointless, child like.. Can add more, but everyone gets the point am pretty sure.

Tyler
3 years 6 months ago

Its NOT tampering. Boston’s F.O. granted them permission to speak with him. So you might as well throw that claim out the window. 

wolf9309
3 years 6 months ago

 well, at one point, Lucchino mentioned that the Cubs had talked to Theo before the Sox had given permission, which the Sox were not thrilled about.  It got pretty much forgotten about after that though, which makes me think it probably happens most of the time

Karkat
3 years 6 months ago

 They didn’t shoot themselves in the foot. It was miraculous that we were able to get rid of Theo a year early!

Tyler
3 years 6 months ago

Lucchino will say anything to make up for one of the biggest collapses in BoSox history. 

3 years 6 months ago

Please tells us where that quote can be found.

wolf9309
3 years 6 months ago

 I’m not sure how saying that made up for anything.  It certainly didn’t make the September Red Sox suck any less.

Tyler
3 years 6 months ago

The Sox wanted Theo out anyways. Because they new they had their Golden Pony Boy in Cherrington coming in next season anyways

3 years 6 months ago

Proof of tampering please.

johnsilver
3 years 6 months ago

 No chance on that for sure. Epstein will make smarter picks in the future for certain than hendry did and he is counting on that pick.

Jon Glorioso
3 years 6 months ago

If draft picks can’t be traded, I seriously doubt the Commissioner will set a precedent by giving the Cubs pick away.

wolf9309
3 years 6 months ago

 I didn’t say they were gonna get a draft pick, I’m just saying there was tampering involved.  I don’t think the Sox are gonna get any real value.

Tyler
3 years 6 months ago

Alright you talked us into it. You can have Rodrigo Lopez. 

davbee
3 years 6 months ago

Draft picks can’t be traded, but they can be forfeited for signing a free agent, so there is a precedent.

3 years 6 months ago

OK. That’s twice. Where is your proof.

baseball52
3 years 6 months ago

It offers just as much as an irrational call for Starlin Castro, Matt Garza or Anthony Rizzo.

Tyler
3 years 6 months ago

Keep dreaming on that one bud.

Karkat
3 years 6 months ago

Eh, I do that all the time in Beggar’s Canyon back home.

Tyler
3 years 6 months ago

You also forgot Brett Jackson or Junior Lake. 

johnsilver
3 years 6 months ago

I seem to recall the Boston FO asking even for Garza originally and have a feeling Boston will still end up with a whole lot more than the discards many Cubs fans are hoping will be awarded.

I (for one) am hoping it will be more than Vitters, but am still hoping.

Tyler
3 years 6 months ago

Just because you ask doesnt mean you will always receive.

Ry.the_Stunner
3 years 6 months ago

 Except Theo wasn’t a “free agent”, he was technically traded.

johnsilver
3 years 6 months ago

Was going to reply to the post below that was incorrect and irrelevant, but couldn’t believe this one…

Boston was not going to let Boston go.. he wanted this job in Chicago and have serious doubts that you even know the 1st thing about the organization, other than what a few people have posted here.

He took the job in Chicago, solely because it was a challenge to rebuild an organization that was in disary and was one he was after, not because Boston was going to “can” him at all.

This is the last time and going to waste any type space with your posts.. Old Nascar saying goes.. Trophy ain’t worth the chase…

NomarGarciaparra
3 years 6 months ago

 Too late…he’s already under contract with the Cubs now.

Tyler
3 years 6 months ago

Boston was not going to let Boston go.
What does that mean?

PWNdroia
3 years 6 months ago

I think another factor was that he wanted to get out of his own mess.  He left Boston in disarray.

petrie000
3 years 6 months ago

Sox fans can hope… but Selig’s not gonna ignore every other precedent ever set in regards to Front Office personel taking promotions with other teams. compensation will be primarily financial.

petrie000
3 years 6 months ago

Sox fans can hope… but Selig’s not gonna ignore every other precedent ever set in regards to Front Office personel taking promotions with other teams. compensation will be primarily financial.

notsureifsrs
3 years 6 months ago

boston will give them significant compensation

vtadave
3 years 6 months ago

Fired for this comment you should be.

imachainsaw
3 years 6 months ago

they can have Lake, what do we need another shortstop for, we already have a dilemma in the making with Baez. I just don’t see Lake as ‘significant’ compensation, so they’ll still complain.

imachainsaw
3 years 6 months ago

that would make sense for any commissioner, but this is Selig we’re talking about. he’s pure evil.

imachainsaw
3 years 6 months ago

 but they still get to ya, that’s what makes it funny

redsx968
3 years 6 months ago

the thing is they don’t get to me. I made the jokes as well. The Sox deserve for all of baseball to take a fat deuce on their chests for that whole debacle. I’m just saying that like every joke it’s run its course. Like the Cashman “can he pitch?” jokes, or the “obscure minor league signing? World Series!” jokes. what happened happened and it was embarrassing and hilarious. But the jokes have sort of lost their zing. Whatever. just my opinion i guess

NickinIthaca
3 years 6 months ago

 You know what he meant, but it still made me laugh…

Tyler
3 years 6 months ago

There has been talk that Lake will quite possibly be moved to the hot corner. 

3 years 6 months ago

Proof of this?

imachainsaw
3 years 6 months ago

so where does Baez fit into the equation if that happens? it’s a real logjam in the left side of the infield, and there’s also Vitters. I heard the talks of moving Vitters to a corner OF spot, but if the Cubs sign Soler, with Jackson and Szczur there’s no OF room. and Vitters has played 1B last season, but now with Rizzo that’s not an option. my ideal scenario would be shift Baez to third, and have Lake and Vitters battle it out for 2nd, or if the compensation is one of the two I guess it all works itself out.