In today’s column, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe caught up with ex-Red Sox GM Ben Cherington. Cherington reflected on some of the decisions he regrets but he also recognizes that he left Boston with a solid core of young talent to build upon going forward. Many of those young players remain in Boston because Cherington resisted the urge to put together a package for Cole Hamels.
“We had a lot of conversations with [the Phillies]. I just didn’t want to give up our core and we couldn’t find another way to get it done,” Cherington said of the ace, who ultimately went to the Rangers.
Here’s more from today’s column..
- There’s tension over Orioles owner Peter Angelos not allowing GM Dan Duquette to pursue a higher-profile and higher-paying job with the Blue Jays, major league sources tell Cafardo. Sources also tell The Boston Globe scribe that Angelos has not compensated Duquette for the lost opportunity. All in all, it’s a slight that baseball execs Duquette to be “bush league,” Cafardo writes.
- There’s also been talk of friction between Duquette and manager Buck Showalter, Cafardo writes, although both men are signed through 2018. Meanwhile, there’s fear that the Orioles will not spend the money necessary to retain free agents like Chris Davis, Matt Wieters, and Wei-Yin Chen.
- The Twins want Torii Hunter back for at least one more season, according to a team official who spoke with Cafardo. For his part, the veteran says that he’s going year to year. In 516 plate appearances this season, Hunter has posted a batting line of .245/.298/.414 which isn’t really in line with his career offering of .277/.332/.462. However, he has played well in right field and the Twins like his veteran leadership.
- The Phillies had a scout watching the Orioles last week in the event that the O’s lose Davis in free agency and gain interest in Ryan Howard. Howard is not be expected to replicate Davis’ production, of course, but Cafardo notes that he still has power and would be better suited as a DH.
- There’s “continued interest” in Red Sox utilityman Brock Holt, Cafardo writes. Holt’s opportunities in the Red Sox’s outfield may be limited and new team president Dave Dombrowski should get a fair amount of offers this winter for him.