Cafardo On Arroyo, Overbay, Drew, Boras

In his latest column, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe revealed that he is part of a BBWAA committee that will explore the Hall of Fame voting process and discuss what changes (if any) need to be made.  Some of the issues likely to be addressed by the committee is whether to allow voters to name more than 10 players on their ballots, whether or not long-time broadcasters or statistical analysis-centric writers should be given a say in HOF voting.

Here's the latest hot stove news from Cafardo…

  • Two new teams have joined the hunt for Bronson Arroyo.  At least one of his suitors is moving closer to giving Arroyo the third contract year he's looking for, though that third year could come in the form of a vesting option.  Cafardo isn't sure if the Twins were that mystery team, though they've been interested in Arroyo all winter.  He also cites the Yankees and Phillies as interested parties, as those two clubs join the likes of the Orioles, Mets and Pirates as those linked to the veteran righty this winter.  Cafardo reported last month that Arroyo has received two-year contract offers from four different teams.
  • Free agent Lyle Overbay is an option for both the Astros and Brewers at first base.  Milwaukee is also still considering signing Michael Young for first, or trading for Mitch Moreland of the Rangers.
  • Agent Scott Boras says “there are five or six teams who I have actively talked to concerning Stephen [Drew],” including the Red Sox.  As you might expect, Boras denied that Drew's market is in any way limited, noting that Drew doesn't have a new contract yet since "free agency is a long process.  It just doesn’t end at Christmas. It’s a January, February, and even a March process."
  • Boras "has a tremendous stake in the Red Sox’ present and future," Cafardo writes, noting that the agent represents not just Drew, but also top youngsters Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley and Deven Marrero.
  • "The silence on [Kendrys] Morales is deafening," as teams are reluctant to give up a first round draft pick as compensation for the slugger.  At least one team said they're leery about spending significant money for a DH, though Boras, Morales' agent, counters by noting the impact that David Ortiz has had on the Red Sox and also noting that his client can play first base.
  • Johnny Damon has stayed in shape and would be willing to resume his career.  The 40-year-old hinted at retirement if he couldn't find a contract last offseason and indeed Damon ended up sitting out the 2013.  Damon is also a Boras client, and the agent tells Cafardo that Damon has yet to contact him about officially retiring.
  • Manny Ramirez wants to continue his career, his hitting coach David Segui predicts, though Segui hasn't spoken to Ramirez in over two months.  “Manny will always be able to hit,” Segui said. “He loves to play, so it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s still looking for something.”  Ramirez's agent, Barry Praver, said in November that his client looking for a return to the Majors.  Ramirez, 41, last played with the bigs with the Rays in 2011 before being suspended for PED use.  Over the last two years, Ramirez spent some time with the Athletics' and Rangers' Triple-A affiliates and also played in Taiwan.
  • A National League GM predicts that one of Masahiro Tanaka's many suitors will "come in and blow everyone away.  There’s going to be a dance where everyone is in the same boat and then there will be a team that breaks the bank for him.”

29 Responses to Cafardo On Arroyo, Overbay, Drew, Boras Leave a Reply

  1. GrilledCheese39 1 year ago

    Why aren’t the Pirates suitors for Overbay a second time around? 😉

  2. LazerTown 1 year ago

    Brewers and Astros have noone better for 1B than Overbay?
    Sure he will fill a roster spot, but he really provides nothing with the bat at this point.

  3. It’s good that Boras wants to defend Morales’ demands by citing the second or third greatest DH of all time, depending on how you rate Ortiz against Edgar Martinez.

    • LazerTown 1 year ago

      Right. Ortiz has no position, but he is fine because he is very good with the bat. Morales really isn’t anything special.

      30 yo Morales : .277/.336/.449
      30 yo Ortiz : .287/.413/.636
      37 yo Ortiz : .309/..395/.564

      No comparison really.

      • Mendry Korales 1 year ago

        Thanks for providing the numbers for a guy with HOF numbers vs a nobody whom is best known for busting ankle by jumping onto home plate.

      • johnsilver 1 year ago

        Typical Boras.. compare “his” guy to someone at the top of the heap.. Agree with RevMurph and Martinez with the amount of play at DH, then 36-40YO Rico Carty.

        As it is? He may end up not signing until camps are underway.

    • The_Unnatural 1 year ago

      Also, Morales injured himself after about a week of consistent play making a routine play at 1b filling in for Smoak. I wouldn’t trust him to hold down 1b.

  4. GD 1 year ago

    A NL GM States: “There’s going to be a dance where everyone is in the same boat and then there will be a team that breaks the bank for him.”

    He mentions “boat”. Well, there is a lot of fishing, boats, Mariners, sailers in Seattle.

    Sounds like Seattle is out at this point, but probably has the most money to sneak in here and blow him away.

  5. Tigers72 1 year ago

    Is Damon a HoF? He has 400 SB 200 hrs 2700 hits. Never was an MVP but was always a really good player.

    • monkeyking42 1 year ago

      I say no. He had a good long career, but he was never more than good. To me, HOFers need a higher peak, where they were clearly one of the top players in the game for that duration. Was Damon ever one of the 10 best? One of the 20 best?

    • Michael 1 year ago

      Really good career stats, but you can make the same comment about Tommy John, Gil Hodges, Dwight Evans (heck, even Darrell Evans), Keith Hernandez, etc. If Damon were to get 3,000 hits it would be as a pathetic hanger-on probably DHing and playing emergency LF for the Astros.

      • robbyrob 1 year ago

        Very consistent and above average player but not a HOF’r . I can see where an argument could be made and sure he has better numbers then some current players in the hall.

      • Damon Bowman 1 year ago

        I won’t argue with most of the guys you compared Damon to — Hall of Fame-wise. However, Keith Hernandez has been eternally disrespected by Hall of Fame watchers and voters because he wasn’t jacking 30+ HRs like most first basemen do. While he wasn’t swinging for the fences, he was a career .300 hitter and the best fielding 1B ever. With a better career OBP+ than HOFers and contemporaries Paul Molitor and Tony Perez, Hernandez should have received more consideration than he has.

        • dwarfstar 1 year ago

          I absolutely agree with that statement. Keith Hernandez should be in the Hall of Fame.

    • The_Unnatural 1 year ago

      Well, he was never an elite player, but he was good for a really long time, so he meets the criteria for the HoF.

    • NomarGarciaparra 1 year ago

      What? I have never ever in my life considered Damon to come close to HOF. He had a good and long career, but he was never an elite player.

  6. Tigers72 1 year ago

    Is Damon a HoF? He has 400 SB 200 hrs 2700 hits. Never was an MVP but was always a really good player.

  7. I Want My Bird 1 year ago

    Manny’s hitting with the Rays was putrid at the end, and he hasn’t lit it up in his international play, so I disagree that “he’ll always be able to hit”.

    • Michael 1 year ago

      I hate to play the cranky neighbor, but I wish we didn’t have to hear any more about Manny. Much like A-Rod, I question how many HRs and how much of his career in general was legit.

  8. Lefty_Orioles_Fan 1 year ago

    Scott Boras… SMH
    In the end, he costs the baseball fans money because ticket prices go up because of his so called fine work! Plus, tell me which of his free agents directly helped a team win a World Series. To me it’s always like a Cody Ross or David Freese kind of player.

    Lastly, the closer it gets to Spring Training, the more I am convinced that the Orioles are NOT going to do a blessed thing!

  9. Lazershow15 1 year ago

    Yankees vs Cubs for Tanaka

  10. Damon Bowman 1 year ago

    Typical Boras — “five or six teams…concerning Drew.” Realistically, the only teams interested in Drew are the Red Sox and Mets. I can’t even see four teams beyond those two who would even benefit from bringing Drew in to supplant whatever SS is already in place. I only see three others — Houston, Miami, and Minnesota — and none of them are in the market for Drew.

  11. johnsilver 1 year ago

    The footnotes on Cafardo’s column always bring back memories. this time the infamous “Michael G to Michael T” blow up a game tandem.

    Michael G brown was one of the top Red Sox prospects for years, but never panned out. he would start a game and boston would end up behind in the game immediately, then switched to the BP and throw fuel on the fire. Mike trujillo was the same as a reliever, taken in the Rule 5 draft, only they kept him on the roster for that full season and was pretty bad. It was a sad pen the time both Michael “G” and Michael “T” were both together that year, 1985.

  12. Ryan 1 year ago

    How could the Twins be a mystery team for Bronson Arroyo when its been no secret that they at least had interest in him since free agency started back in early November

  13. Chris Smith 1 year ago

    No idea why the Phillies would sign Arroyo. This has to be old news prior to the Hernandez signing. He may have thrown 200in for so many years but sometime soon that’s going to break down

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