Red Sox Notes: Mike Gonzalez, Aaron Cook

Carl Crawford had his strained left elbow examined in Boston today, though the team is still "gathering information" according to manager Bobby Valentine. Crawford had been expected to rejoin the team in early-May, but the results of these latest tests are not available yet. Here's the latest from Beantown…

  • The Red Sox are not interested in Mike Gonzalez, reports Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe (on Twitter). Yesterday we heard that the left-handed reliever could sign within ten days.
  • “I’ll make a decision when I feel like it’s time to make a decision,” said Aaron Cook to's Rob Bradford. Cook is pitching well in Triple-A and can opt out of his contract with Boston on May 1st. “I haven’t made a decision yet," he added.
  • In an Insider-only blog post, ESPN's Jim Bowden listed five moves that could fix the Red Sox, including trades for Miguel Montero and Huston Street.

35 Responses to Red Sox Notes: Mike Gonzalez, Aaron Cook Leave a Reply

  1. Redsoxn8tion 3 years ago

    It’s April. No need to trade players 15 games into the season. The Boston media

    • Redsoxn8tion 3 years ago

      The Boston media

      • Redsoxn8tion 3 years ago

        and fans need to relax. It’s a long season.

        • qbass187 3 years ago

           Fans are irritated but the media here is REALLY going nuts and blowing every single thing way out of proportion! It’s actually pretty embarrassing… almost more so that the lax play by the team!

          • start_wearing_purple
            start_wearing_purple 3 years ago

            What do you expect… we’re Boston fans. We have ritual and superstition built in from generations of practice. Add to that the media does help fuel the fire.

            That said I think everything comes back to pitching, it’s still lacking but in execution not in quantity. I’m hoping moving Bard back to the pen helps. Also… why take advice from Bowden, there’s a reason why he wasn’t hired to be the Red Sox GM years ago.

          • elclashcombo 3 years ago

            Yeah but the over reaction is a little out of hand this week esp on Felger/Mazz (though that’s nothing new!).

            We were actually doing worse last year at this time.

          • lefty177 3 years ago

            By the way who’s stepping into the rotation now that Bard is going back to the pen? Cook coming up? Tazawa?

          • start_wearing_purple
            start_wearing_purple 3 years ago

            Well the official story was Bard was just being skipped in his start. But even though it’s a small sample size, I gotta think Bard’s sucess last night might make them think about keeping him in the pen and giving Cook a few starts.

          • johnsilver 3 years ago

             Well past time for a Sgt Curry move (Boys in Company C) towards the entire NE media from the Red Sox.

  2. Tko11 3 years ago

    “listed five moves that could five the Red Sox” What does that even mean??? 

  3. qbass187 3 years ago

     It’s a typo on MLBTR’s part… should say “fix” the Red Sox.

  4. Oh okay yeah, they’ll just trade for Miguel Montero. They’ll just do that. They won’t have to give up several cornerstone players or anything.

    • NickinIthaca 3 years ago

      Honestly…  Does Arizona have any reason to trade Montero, other than the fact that they may lose him to free agency this year?  They’re expected to compete again… do they have a better catcher to take his place, or is Bowden just expecting that they’re operating as a farm team for the east coast teams?  Or does his suggested trade at least make sense?

  5. mgsports 3 years ago

    They would have to give up Ryan,Will and so on. Arizona isn’t trading him.

  6. johnsilver 3 years ago

    Montero when they have Lavarnway at Pawtucket already.. Either the usual lunatic NE media in action (99% sure) or the most inept Boston FO since Haywood Sullivan is now in charge if the trade for a catcher.

    I understand also that Salty has looked brutal in most of his games with the bat (Shoppach has looked better) but they SHOULD go ahead and just give the “mitt” to Lavarnway before making any move for a catcher. This entire waiting for him to develop as a catcher has just gotten to the point of being ridiculous, not to mention keeping some other people a level down from where they should be of late.. Like Alex Wilson last season, JC Linares this year.

    It’s getting well beyond old this ‘waiting to develop” in some cases (Linares, Wilson) when all that is blocking then is useless retreads clogging positions.

  7. Yes, bust Ben Cherington down to ticket taker at Fenway.
    Hire Jim Bowden.
    Trade for Montero and Huston Street
    Finally, sign Mike Gonzalez at all costs!

    Brilliant! Yes that should do it!

  8. EarlyMorningBoxscore 3 years ago

    Trade for Huston Street, and Montero, BRILLIANT. Why didn’t anybody else think of that? Oh yeah….the Red Sox are likely not willing to part with the necessary pieces…oh and the fact we likely do not have anybody either team would currently take for either player. Other than that perfect plan. 

  9. bigpat 3 years ago

    I don’t blame Red Sox fans and media for blowing things out of proportion, when you have a 150M+ payroll there comes high expectations and it’s not reasonable to expect this team to finish well given how it’s currently structured. THeir bullpen couldn’t have been predicted to be this bad, even if Bailey was injured, Melancon and Aceves looked like good arms coming into the season, but I think they should have added a workhorse starter to their rotation to take some pressure off the back end. Too risky to rely on Doubront, Bard, and Buchholz for 3 spots.

    Their major league pitching is atrocious and while I’ve never been a fan of Aaron Cook, what they hell are they waiting for in calling him up? Maybe he’s healthy and a better pitcher now that he’s been and if they don’t need him in the rotation yet, at least he’d be an arm that can pitch a few innings out of their terrible bullpen. Can’t be any worse than guys like Albers and Justin Thomas, or Aceves for that matter.


  10. lefty177 3 years ago

    I’m curious to know who the other 3 are in the Bowden article, anyone with Insider want to tell those of us that don’t?

    • Trw2119 3 years ago

      1.salty swihart and lavarnway for Montero
      2.Youk for Dominic brown and bastardo up middlebrooks
      4.sign oswalt
      5. Derrik Gibson and Oscar tejada for Huston street

    • GoAwayNow 3 years ago

       1. Deal C Jarrod
      Saltalamacchia and catching prospects Blake Swihart and Ryan Lavarnway to the Arizona
      Diamondbacks for C Miguel Montero

      2. Trade 1B/3B Kevin Youkilis to the Philadelphia
      Phillies for OF Domonic Brown and LHP Antonio Bastardo

      3. Promote 3B prospect Will Middlebrooks

      4. Sign free-agent RHP Roy Oswalt

      5. Trade minor leaguers SS Derrik Gibson and 2B
      Oscar Tejeda to the San Diego Padres for closer Huston Street

  11. prognostika 3 years ago

    I am addicted to this website, great post again … 

  12. Dc21892 3 years ago

    Even though it’s early, a cheap guaranteed/incentive laden deal for Gonzalez would probably be a good idea. The pen might work it self out, but the more arms they have the more options they have to figure out who is going to stick.

  13. Dc21892 3 years ago

    LOL. I’m assuming that was sarcasm, even still: fail!

    • johnsilver 3 years ago

      Trolling around might have been a better word.

  14. Keoni N. 3 years ago

    The Red Sox should sign Mike González.

  15. philpbarnes 3 years ago

    We have the mighty Justin Thomas!

  16. ugotrpk3113 3 years ago

    Rich Hill. That’s why.

  17. NickinIthaca 3 years ago

     Or, why in hades would the Dbacks trade Montero?  The earliest they’ll be selling off parts is if they are out of it at the deadline; which if the Sox are buying at the deadline means they will have put things together, and I highly doubt the missing piece to put them over the hump will be Montero.  I didn’t read the article, but I still can’t imagine where he is coming from with the point.  And considering the number of people questioning the logic in this who haven’t read the article, it doesn’t make me feel any desire to subscribe to ESPN Insider…

  18. vtadave 3 years ago

    Why WOULDN’T the Red Sox trade for Montero if they could (they can’t)?

  19. Karkat 3 years ago

     You mean contenders don’t just ship off their good, controllable, young catchers?

    (Also, hey from a former resident of the frozen north)

  20. vtadave 3 years ago

    If you are referring to Montero here, he’s a free agent after this year, thus the idea that he could be had in a deal.

    Only way that happens is if come 7/31, the Dbacks are out of the race and they get a great offer.

  21. johnsilver 3 years ago

     Catcher of the future is already at AAA in Lavarnway and his bat is well beyond ready.. 34 total HR between MILB and Boston last season, hits for Avg, power to all fields, patience at the plate.. Only reason he is sitting at Pawtucket was to hone his defensive skills a wee bit more and get him regular playing time.

    Whenever a team talks deal with the Sox, they ask 1st for Middlebrooks and Lavarnway.. a 6’5 230lb catcher..

  22. Karkat 3 years ago

     Whoops, by “controllable” I really meant “not making a whole ton of money” but that wasn’t a great word. Still, I can’t see the DBacks falling out, especially nowadays, and Montero’s not the level of elite that would garner an amazing offer for a rental.

    I’m pretty sure we all agree it’s not going to happen so we’re all sort of just saying the same stuff, I think xD

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