Odds and Ends
Let’s a take a quick look at a few pieces of news that could, maybe, kind of, one day…affect the Red Sox.
- Roy Oswalt met with members of the Rangers front office yesterday. Naturally, there is no real news to report from the meeting. It is going to come down to St. Louis or Texas and which team is able to make the necessary roster changes to accommodate the right handed starter. Just as TSWD reported on Saturday, there are a few factors that will play in to Oswalt’s decision. The Globe’s Nick Cafardo reported yesterday that the Red Sox are not out of the Oswalt sweepstakes yet. But let’s be real. It ain’t happenin’.
- The New York Post’s Joel Sherman tweeted that former Red Sox reliever Manny Delcarmen signed a minor league contract with the Yankees yesterday. While a member of the Red Sox, Delcarmen had an electric fastball, but it traveled very, very straight. He last pitched in the Major Leagues in 2010. Delcarmen is from West Roxbury.
- GM Ben Cherington and the Red Sox have not closed the door on reaching an agreement with Alfredo Aceves and David Ortiz to avoid arbitration hearings. According to weei.com’s Alex Speier, however, the Red Sox are preparing to go to arbitration in case deals with both players are not reached. The Sox came in at $900,000 for Aceves, and the righty countered at $1.6MM. Cherington and the Red Sox offered Ortiz a one-year deal worth $12.65MM. The big lefty filed at $16.5MM for his annual salary. That is a significant gap. I hate the idea of the Red Sox going to an arbitration hearing with a sensitive guy like Ortiz. Let’s hope a compromise is reached before a hearing takes place.
- No news on the Theo Epstein compensation situation. It is in Commissioner Bud Selig’s hands. Both teams have submitted names to the league’s front office, and a resolution could come soon. Reports have surfaced that at least one executive believes that Selig will send a quality player or two from Chicago to Boston in an attempt to keep GM’s like Epstein from switching organizations before their contract expires. Reports did not state if that unknown executive was an overly optimistic Red Sox fan.