In today’s column, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe gives his suggestions for fixing the Red Sox. One idea is for Boston to take advantage of the Mets, who have offensive needs but might not have the willingness to address them in free agency. The Mets may be forced to use their pitching depth in order to improve their offense, and one baseball person wondered aloud to Cafardo whether Matt Harvey could be had for Xander Bogaerts. Cafardo also sees Pablo Sandoval for James Shields as a logical deal as the Red Sox and Padres would be swapping bad contracts. Here’s more from today’s column..
- “While it’s not assured yet,” the Braves would like to keep A.J. Pierzynski beyond 2015, Cafardo writes. The catcher is making $2MM this season and he could be in line for a raise given his play in 2015. Through 77 games, the catcher owns a .302/.340/.446 slash line with 7 homers. Pierzynski, who turns 39 in December, has an OPS of .765, his best showing since 2012.
- A five-year, $100MM deal for Yoenis Cespedes isn’t out of the question, according to one agent who spoke with Cafardo. The outfielder figures to be one of the few quality bats available on the open market this winter and the agent cites Hanley Ramirez’s deal as reason to believe that Cespedes could hit $100MM. Ramirez signed a four-year pact worth $88MM that can balloon to $110MM if his fifth-year option is exercised. The Mets might not be willing to go that high for the slugger. Tim Dierkes ranked Cespedes No. 6 on his most recent update to the MLBTR Free Agent Power Rankings.
- Joe Torre, currently MLB’s vice president of baseball operations, told Cafardo that he wouldn’t rule out working for a team again, though it would have to be the right situation. Cafardo wonders if Torre could be a candidate to join the Red Sox’s front office with Larry Lucchino stepping down.
- Speaking of Lucchino, those who know the outgoing president and CEO well say that he wants another challenge. The Blue Jays and Nationals (Lucchino has D.C. roots) are two teams to watch, Cafardo says.