Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington will focus on trying to fix his team’s pitching from top to bottom this offseason, writes Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Since drafting Jon Lester in 2002, the only major league starting pitchers the Red Sox have developed are Clay Buchholz, Felix Doubront, and Justin Masterson. And while they had good luck with relievers Jonathan Papelbon and Daniel Bard, Craig Hansen and Michael Bowden didn't work out as well. When it comes to grooming their pitchers of the future, Cafardo suggests that the Red Sox should reach out to Rick Peterson to help steer the ship. Here's more from today's column..
- If Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera doesn't have any additional fallout relating to his 50-game suspension, GMs that were asked said they would look at him as a one-year contract possibility. However, one GM noted that “If there’s competition for him, someone will go multiyear.”
- Former Red Sox left-hander Hideki Okajima is in Japan and trying to work his way back to the majors. Okajima is pitching extremely well in Japan, where many thought he wanted to stay, but he wants another shot at the majors and may get it.
- Carlos Quentin's contract is very reasonable for the small-market Padres, but they could still be open to moving him this offseason. Quentin inked a three-year, $27MM extension with the club in July that includes a $10MM mutual option for 2016.
- One veteran talent evaluator thinks many teams missed the boat on acquiring Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano. While he’s not the centerpiece of any lineup he would be a good left field option for a team seeking a righthanded middle-of-the-order bat.
- The Cubs will likely make a push for Red Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan, bullpen coach Gary Tuck, and possibly even bench coach Tim Bogar. However, Bogar might prefer to stay in Boston.