Here’s are this week’s rumblings from Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe:
- Left-hander Rich Hill, whom the Dodgers acquired from Oakland on Monday, would’ve preferred to go to either the Orioles or Red Sox at the non-waiver trade deadline, reports Cafardo. Those are two of the journeyman’s many former major league employers, and the 36-year-old Massachusetts native revived his career with Boston in 2015. The Orioles were in on Hill prior to the deadline and are likely to target him this winter if he hits free agency as arguably the premier starter in a weak market.
- Right fielder Josh Reddick, who joined Hill in going from the Athletics to the Dodgers at the deadline, is a fit in Los Angeles’ clubhouse and could sign a long-term deal to stay there, per Cafardo. Reddick – 30 next February – figures to be one of the top free agents on the market if he makes it there and might be in line for a four- or five-year deal, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes wrote earlier this week. Yasiel Puig’s future as a Dodger is up in the air, and they’ve gotten underwhelming production from the rest of their outfielders (Joc Pederson aside), so it would seemingly make sense for the club to retain the steady Reddick. That’s assuming he performs well in LA, of course, which hasn’t been the case so far. In a minuscule sample size of 16 post-deadline at-bats, Reddick has collected only one hit.
- Before the Red Sox picked up reliever Brad Ziegler from Arizona on July 9, they were looking at White Sox closer David Robertson as a possible trade target, Cafardo writes. For now, Robertson remains in Chicago. The 31-year-old still has $28.5MM remaining on his contract and hasn’t been as effective this season as he was previously, having compiled a 3.97 ERA, 10.13 K/9 and 4.57 BB/9 in 45 1/3 innings.
- The Red Sox aggressively tried to acquire right fielder and designated hitter Carlos Beltran before the archrival Yankees traded him to the Rangers, according to Cafardo, who adds that a deal was close enough that Boston expected it to happen. Of course, after failing to land Beltran, the Sox promoted elite left field prospect Andrew Benintendi to the majors.
Wonder who Boston offered for Beltran.
Hard to believe Reddick was originally traded for Andrew Bailey… I believe it was one of Cherington’s first transactions as GMs… definitely not his best.
Great setup for the Red Sox. They have a no lose situation. If Benintendi succeeds, they will pat themselves on the back for bringing him up so soon. If he flops, they can blame the Yankees for them having to bring him up too soon. Wait and see.
I’ve never seen an MLB team blame another team for making them call up a prospect. Interesting concept….
Oh I didn’t necessarily mean the team, I meant the fans, I just worded it poorly. However, you could still possibly see casual passive-aggressive type comments from the GM/manager during interviews and such.
I find it hard to believe the Yankees would have traded a meaningful piece to the Red Sox…
I don’t.. It doesn’t happen often at all, but it has happened in the past. Yankees legend Elston Howard helped the Red Sox win the 1967 pennant after an early August trade from NY (although he was mostly bad for BOS). It has worked the other way too, with Mike Stanley and most recently Stephen Drew.
Don’t forget Sparky Lyle
It could have happened. The Yankees would have wanted a good prospect and Beltran, a FA, probably would not come back to haunt them in 2017. Both teams fear the Sparky Lyle trade, where the Sox got Yankees garbage and the Yanks got a productive player for about eight years. He won the Cy Young out of the pen in 1977 and was traded in 1979 for Dave Rigetti. Neither team wants one of their prospects to star on the other team. It’s how I felt watching Mike Lowell on the Sox…
So happy the BoSox promoted Benintendi, instead of giving up anything for a useless right fielder.
Oh yeah, because a guy hitting .300 with 22 HR and 65 RBI is so useless.
I’d love to see those useless stays in Atlanta right field. :/
I think he was talking about his feilding. Because he surely couldn’t be speaking about Beltran’s bat.
If he was he would sound really stupid if you ask me and im a Sox fan.
I’m guessing he meant that Beltran is useless in the field, which he kind of is at this point.
dumbest comment of the day. congratulations
You mean one of the most productive playoff hitters of all-time?
Guys it would not suprise me to see Beltran in Boston next year as the DH… Sox obviously looking forward … For a lefty to replace Ortiz
Glad the BoSox did not give up anymore than they already have. Brad Ziegler has been a great addition and Pomeranz was worth the risk of trading away a low level prospect with high potential.
But to give up more for Hill, Beltran, and Robertson? Idk. We need to have some for the offseason too when prospects bring more bang for the buck.
2 months for a DH is doubtfully worth whatever BoSox would have given up.
I don’t think even getting Sale the Sox would’ve won it this year. They have way to many holes. .
When the pitchers have good games the bats go dead and when the offense scores a bunch of runs 8-10 times the Starting pitching gives up more than we score if not the pen does.
The Sox just don’t have that it factor this year that you see with good teams and i haven’t even mentioned the horrible manager they have in Farrell. Boy is that guy clueless. He’s responsible for atleast 10 games i counted this year that Sox loss for leaving the starter in to long or making a dumb bull pen moves. He’s pure garbage!!
Is anyone watching how pathetic the Red Sox are playing? But I have to agree it’s been an ugly year for Ferrell, And make what ever excuse you want … We stink
A discussion of the Dodgers’ RF options in 2017 that doesn’t even mention Andre Ethier. Nice job, Cafardo. This is why we hang on your every word.
Definitely a glaring omission. Ethier is here through ’17 at least (plus a vesting option), and there is nothing to suggest he’s not going to be ready for the start of next season.
Hopefully, just an oversight on his part.
Cafardo really doesn’t seem to have a clue about any team outside of his time zone. He’s pretty consistent that way.
I think you nailed it.
I don’t believe a word cafardo says
Why would they be interested in Beltran…….
You should warn the audience when you link to a paywall. A particularly obnoxious one that absolutely is not worth money for Cafardo’s speculations.