Red Sox Rumors: Beltran, Relievers, Yankees

Earlier today, Corey Hart told Jim Bowden of SiriusXM that he's getting interest from a handful of interested clubs, including the Red Sox.  However, he won't be getting full medical clearance for a couple of weeks and he admits that he'll likely be in a holding pattern until that point.  Here's more out of Boston..

  • The Red Sox have had "serious dialogue" with free agent oufielder Carlos Beltran, hears Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald (Twitter link).  Boston has been said to have interest in the veteran, but the Yankees, Orioles, Royals, Indians, and Mariners are also said to have interest.
  • GM Ben Cherington & Co. are exploring a right-handed setup-type reliever, tweets Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.  The Red Sox should have plenty of payroll flexibility to work with as they look to bolster their bullpen and other areas and they could free up more space by trading a veteran starter like Jake Peavy, John Lackey or Ryan Dempster.
  • Given the value they place on draft picks,  the Red Sox's interest in Beltran is puzzling to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe (Twitter links), even if they get picks for their own free agents.  Abraham wonders if this might be a case of an AL East team engaging a free agent in an attempt to raise the price for their rivals.

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