George Kottaras Rumors
With every Sunday come rumors from the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo:
- Cafardo asks Tom Glavine whether he'd consider another year if 2009 is a success. Glavine didn't say no: "I'm not prepared right now to say. It would take a lot of good things to happen this year to consider playing next year. Last year, I didn't think I'd be sitting here this year, so I guess you never know."
- Nomar Garciaparra had placed a call to the Red Sox front office inquiring about their potential interest.
- If he hits free agency, Joe Mauer is expected to receive offers in the $20-25MM range and "The Sox are expected to be front and center." Mauer is signed with the Twins through 2010. He'll make $10.5MM this year and $12.5MM in 2010.
- Dusty Baker thinks Barry Bonds would still be a top hitter in the league. Says Baker, "He's one of those guys that will be able to pick up a bat when he's an old man and still get a hit."
- Andruw Jones is 4 for 18 with 10 strikeouts to start spring training.
- Scouts agree: George Kottaras would clear waivers if designated for assignment, meaning the Red Sox may not have to deal the catching prospect.
- Cafardo would make the Clay Buchholz-Jarrod Saltalamacchia trade right now.
Tony Massarotti of the Boston Globe has a wrap-up of the Red Sox' catching situation heading into the beginning of the 2009 season.
Even after signing Jason Varitek, the Red Sox were rumored to have been continuing their pursuit of a trade for a young catcher. In today's article, Massarotti writes that at the beginning of Diamondbacks camp, Miguel Montero was informed that "no deals were imminent." Instead, it appears the Red Sox will stick with Josh Bard for now.
However, Massarotti also mentions another interesting in-house option for the Red Sox in George Kottaras. Massarotti summarizes Kottaras' situation:
Kottaras is out of options and could be a threat to beat out Bard, though the more likely scenario is that the Red Sox are trying to increase Kottaras’ trade value so that they do not simply lose him on waivers.
It's probably going to be 'Tek and Bard on Opening Day. We'll see if the Red Sox end up acquiring, or even trading away, any young catchers in the meantime.
Let's see what we've got this morning in the non-Hillenbrand department...
This is cool: a commenter over at Viva El Birdos emailed Dontrelle Willis's agent, Matt Sosnick, asking about the latest trade rumor. Meanwhile, Jayson Stark was adamant in his chat Friday that Willis will not be traded.
Enough with the Mike Lowell for Jake Peavy rumors, folks. No. Freakin'. Way. I know Buster Olney mentioned that Boston must've been targeting a notable pitcher given how well Lowell has played this year (.297/.349/.504) but Peavy isn't going anywhere. Plus, if you adjust Lowell's production for PETCO Park it would be pretty close to league average for his position.
Could Mike Pelfrey be traded as a player to be named later? The answer seems to be Yes, if named in January, and only if sent to an AL team. MetsBlog tries to decipher MLB's rules. Of course, Pelfrey is not going to be traded. But it's good to know.
Gut feeling...I think the Brewers will trade Carlos Lee. Doug Melvin is preparing for a deal, and I think this is an opportunity he can't pass up.
What's with the Indians picture next to George Kottaras?