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RedSoxtober
11-09-2015, 01:01 PM
This is where it all starts, at the GM meetings.

Typically, this three-day event doesn't result in a wave of transactions. Last year there was the Mets inking Michael Cuddyer before he had a chance to decide whether or not to accept Colorado's qualifying offer. That was about it. Usually the whole deal reeks of a Major League Baseball-sponsored feeling out process.

This time around, however, it might be somewhat different. That's at least the vibe circulating through MLB executives.

There is a feeling that the combination of so many pitchers on the market, along with the anxiousness and willingness of a whole bunch of new general managers, things might pick up a bit faster than usual. Think 2012, when the Red Sox didn't leave Palm Springs without signing catcher David Ross, who was almost immediately joined on the roster by then-free agent Jonny Gomes.weei.com, more here (http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/baseball/red-sox/rob-bradford/2015/11/09/primer-general-managers-meetings-gateway-2015)

j-bay
11-09-2015, 08:23 PM
@PeteAbe
Definitely get the impression from Dave Dombrowski that he wants to make moves sooner than later. #redsox

@PeteAbe
Dombrowski said he is seeking one starter, a couple of relief arms. Said trade talks throughout game have been unusually active.

@PeteAbe
Dombrowski said #RedSox could trade from prospect depth while still maintaining a solid farm system. Said interest in their players is high

Scott Lauber – Verified account ‏@ScottLauber

Dombrowski: Trade talks more active than usual at this point in offseason. Even thought he had something done, but it fell through #RedSox

RedSoxtober
11-09-2015, 09:35 PM
Maybe this year will be different. Dave Dombrowski thinks it’s certainly trending that way.

When asked about his perception of the initial few hours of the usually mundane general managers’ meetings, the Red Sox president of baseball operations noted that, “It’s actually been a busier first day than normal.”

Dombrowski went on to relay that he actually thought the Red Sox might be able to complete a trade, but the other party cooled off on the idea.

Still, it sure seems like things are trending toward something happening in the coming days.

“I do,” said Dombrowski when asked if he believed there was more activity than normal at this young stage of the offseason. “People have asked me why, and I’€™m not really sure of that answer, but I do find that.

“We had some of our guys, I asked them to fly in this afternoon to sort of sit down. A couple of our guys said, ‘€˜Wow, we just got here and we’€™re behind,’€™ because we had so many discussions already. I’€™m not really sure why that is. People have speculated different thought process. New general managers being aggressive. I think part of it is the playoff teams were pretty much identified early, except for a couple, so that allowed some of the other clubs to start planning. I think some agents are probably aggressive because they see there’€™s a big number of pitchers out there. Some people speculated yesterday that perhaps it was a situation there’€™s a lot of general manager who aren’€™t tied to the players in their organization as much. I don’€™t know if it’€™s some or all of that, or really what. But I’€™ve had many more conversations, and more serious conversations, earlier than would be the case.”weei.com

RedSoxtober
11-09-2015, 10:00 PM
Red Sox re-signed 1B Chris Marrero to a minor league contract.

It's not clear whether he's been given a big league invitation to spring training. Marrero hit .271/.316/.420 with seven homers over 282 plate appearances between Double- and Triple-A with the White Sox and Red Sox in 2015.roto

redsoxknicks
11-09-2015, 10:34 PM
Thank you RedSoxtober + j-bay for posting updates. This is always fun. Almost a trade on day one of Winter Meeting?

Like everyone else, I am looking forward to seeing how Dombrowski handles the chaos and the intriguing options out there. It seems we are in good hands with this front office.

j-bay
11-09-2015, 11:53 PM
@BNightengale

The #Redsox are expressing interest in free agent OF Chris Young

4th OFer and kills lefties.

mistamyrick
11-10-2015, 09:44 AM
weei.com

"Dombrowski went on to relay that he actually thought the Red Sox might be able to complete a trade, but the other party cooled off on the idea."

Really makes me wonder who the other team was and which players were mentioned in the proposal!

RedSoxtober
11-10-2015, 12:53 PM
^ The follow-up chatter suggests that the potential trade was pitching-related but no details are out there.


Robert Murray of BaseballEssential.com reports that the Reds are looking to trade Aroldis Chapman and Brandon Phillips.

Murray says that the club is also willing to listen to offers for Todd Frazier and Jay Bruce. The Reds received plenty of interest in Chapman at the trade deadline in July but wound up hanging onto him, with many reports saying that their asking price was exorbitant. However, they could be more motivated to swap him this winter as they look to rebuild their roster. The Astros, Yankees and Diamondbacks were among the clubs that had interest in Chapman at the deadline, but there would figure to be a host of teams to inquire on him this offseason. Phillips is 34 and is owed $27 million through 2017, so the Reds might have to eat some of his contract in order to trade him.


Red Sox re-signed 1B Chris Marrero to a minor league contract.

It's not clear whether he's been given a big league invitation to spring training. Marrero hit .271/.316/.420 with seven homers over 282 plate appearances between Double- and Triple-A with the White Sox and Red Sox in 2015.via roto

RedSoxtober
11-10-2015, 02:23 PM
Re: potential trade partner

Chicago White Sox seem to be a growing possibility. One thing they seem to really be coveting is young hitters who can evolve into foundation guys. Red Sox obviously have some of those guys. Or as Dombrowski said yesterday, they "unequivocally" have those guysRob Bradford @ weei.com "Hot Stove" chat

RedSoxtober
11-10-2015, 03:24 PM
another sign that the Red Sox are keeping a wide-open mind to dealing one of their current big-league outfielders – Jackie Bradley Jr. is the lead candidate by a wide margin – the ballclub is scheduled to meet Tuesday with the representatives for free agent outfielder Chris Young, according to a major-league source at the GM meetings.

The 32-year-old Young is seeking an everyday job with his next ballclub, and he has received indications from the Red Sox that their interest in him is not as a fourth outfielder but as an everyday outfielder or at least one with significant playing time.More at weei.com (http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/red_sox/clubhouse_insider/2015/11/red_sox_to_meet_with_free_agent_of_chris_young_tod ay)

j-bay
11-10-2015, 08:33 PM
Some updates.

@ScottLauber
Dombrowski characterized #RedSox' pursuit of outfield help as backburner thing. "I'd say we've had more conversations for pitching."

@ScottLauber
At moment, #RedSox can't guarantee playing time for free-agent outfielders. Dombrowski comfortable with JBJ, Castillo playing 140-plus games

@ScottLauber
Although docs believe Christian Vazquez will be ready for spring training, sounds like #RedSox not counting on much from him early.

@ScottLauber
DD on Vazquez: "I don't know if he's going to be a guy that's ready to start at the big-league level, to contribute what we need at that pt"

@ScottLauber
Will John Henry green-light big-ticket free-agent SP for #RedSox? Dombrowski: "We haven't eliminated anything at this time."

j-bay
11-10-2015, 10:37 PM
Jon Morosi ‏@jonmorosi
#RedSox have expressed interest in free-agent reliever Joakim Soria. Not a big surprise: Dave Dombrowski traded for him in Detroit.

j-bay
11-11-2015, 12:41 PM
there are said to be "seven or eight" teams showing interest now in Kimbrel. The aforementioned four teams, plus the Braves, Red Sox and Tigers are seeking back-end relief help, with the Cubs and relief-strong Royals among many others looking at late-inning help. Atlanta still loves Kimbrel, but word is a deal to return their beloved son home is "probably not realistic" at this time.
http://mweb.cbssports.com/mlb/writer/jon-heyman/25368830/inside-baseball-trade-market-for-top-closers-is-hot-more-from-gm-meetings

j-bay
11-11-2015, 02:24 PM
Updates

@bradfo
Dombrowski says feels more like winter meetings than GM meetings because of activity

@PeteAbe
Dombrowski thinks the #RedSox can afford Koji and another high-end closer type for one year.

Scott Lauber ‏@ScottLauber
#RedSox remain focused primarily on pitching, starters and relievers, according to Dombrowski

-Lavigne43-
11-11-2015, 06:30 PM
Trading for a big name reliever would be a horrible move. There's a reason the Yankees are shopping Andrew Miller.

Bo Sox Fan
11-11-2015, 07:52 PM
Korean Closer Seung-hwan Oh Traveling To U.S. To Meet With MLB Clubs

• Korean right-hander Seung-hwan Oh will pursue a Major League contract this winter, reports Jeeho Yoo of Korea’s Yonhap News Agency. According to Yoo, Oh will travel to the United States this week and spend about 10 days in the U.S. as he meets with Major League clubs. Multiple teams have already expressed interest in Oh, who is considered the best closer in the history of the Korea Baseball Organization.

Oh, 33, carries one of the best nicknames you’ll encounter in pro sports: “The Final Boss.” After compiling a 1.69 ERA over his first nine seasons as a professional in the KBO, Oh went on to sign a two-year contract with the Hanshin Tigers of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball. He experienced similar success in Japan, recording a similarly impressive 2.25 ERA. Over the course of 11 professional seasons, Oh has worked to a 1.81 ERA with 357 saves, 10.7 K/9 and 2.1 BB/9 in 646 1/3 innings of work.

Word about Oh’s possible jump to the Major Leagues surfaced last month. As MLBTR’s Mark Polishuk noted at the time, a two-year-old report from Global Sporting Integration on Oh explained that he had a fastball (nicknamed the “Stone Fastball,” for those who enjoy a good nickname as much as I do) that sat 92 to 94 mph and could touch 97 mph. Oh’s secondary pitches include a slider thrown at a wide range of velocities (80 to 89 mph) and a curveball that he throws in the 70s. Oh does have some injuries on his docket — as one might expect from a pitcher that will turn 34 next July — having undergone Tommy John surgery in college (2001) and a second elbow operation in 2010. Any concerns about lingering effects from that second operation were probably wiped out when he returned in 2011 with the best season of his career, posting a 0.63 ERA (four earned runs in 57 innings) with a 76-to-11 K/BB ratio for the Samsung Lions.

Oh is now a free agent and, as such, is not subject to the posting system that restricts Korean and Japanese players with less service time. While some reports out of Japan indicated that Hanshin is pursuing an extension with Oh, Yoo’s source stressed that Oh’s focus is on securing a Major League contract. It’s not known which clubs have expressed interest at this time, though Oh reportedly intrigued the Yankees two years ago before he signed a two-year deal to play in Japan.

Oh adds to a growing list of Korean talent that could make the jump to the Major Leagues in 2016. The Twins have already secured the bidding rights to slugger Byung-ho Park, and outfielder Ah-seop Son will reportedly be posted early next week. Additionally, first baseman Dae-ho Lee, a free agent that, like Oh, is exempt from the posting system, has declared his intent to sign with a Major League club as well.

celticsman2009
11-11-2015, 10:28 PM
Korean Closer Seung-hwan Oh Traveling To U.S. To Meet With MLB Clubs

• Korean right-hander Seung-hwan Oh will pursue a Major League contract this winter, reports Jeeho Yoo of Korea’s Yonhap News Agency. According to Yoo, Oh will travel to the United States this week and spend about 10 days in the U.S. as he meets with Major League clubs. Multiple teams have already expressed interest in Oh, who is considered the best closer in the history of the Korea Baseball Organization.

Oh, 33, carries one of the best nicknames you’ll encounter in pro sports: “The Final Boss.” After compiling a 1.69 ERA over his first nine seasons as a professional in the KBO, Oh went on to sign a two-year contract with the Hanshin Tigers of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball. He experienced similar success in Japan, recording a similarly impressive 2.25 ERA. Over the course of 11 professional seasons, Oh has worked to a 1.81 ERA with 357 saves, 10.7 K/9 and 2.1 BB/9 in 646 1/3 innings of work.

Word about Oh’s possible jump to the Major Leagues surfaced last month. As MLBTR’s Mark Polishuk noted at the time, a two-year-old report from Global Sporting Integration on Oh explained that he had a fastball (nicknamed the “Stone Fastball,” for those who enjoy a good nickname as much as I do) that sat 92 to 94 mph and could touch 97 mph. Oh’s secondary pitches include a slider thrown at a wide range of velocities (80 to 89 mph) and a curveball that he throws in the 70s. Oh does have some injuries on his docket — as one might expect from a pitcher that will turn 34 next July — having undergone Tommy John surgery in college (2001) and a second elbow operation in 2010. Any concerns about lingering effects from that second operation were probably wiped out when he returned in 2011 with the best season of his career, posting a 0.63 ERA (four earned runs in 57 innings) with a 76-to-11 K/BB ratio for the Samsung Lions.

Oh is now a free agent and, as such, is not subject to the posting system that restricts Korean and Japanese players with less service time. While some reports out of Japan indicated that Hanshin is pursuing an extension with Oh, Yoo’s source stressed that Oh’s focus is on securing a Major League contract. It’s not known which clubs have expressed interest at this time, though Oh reportedly intrigued the Yankees two years ago before he signed a two-year deal to play in Japan.

Oh adds to a growing list of Korean talent that could make the jump to the Major Leagues in 2016. The Twins have already secured the bidding rights to slugger Byung-ho Park, and outfielder Ah-seop Son will reportedly be posted early next week. Additionally, first baseman Dae-ho Lee, a free agent that, like Oh, is exempt from the posting system, has declared his intent to sign with a Major League club as well.

"The Final Boss." That's freaking badass :cool:

Oakmont_4
11-12-2015, 12:33 PM
Trading for a big name reliever would be a horrible move. There's a reason the Yankees are shopping Andrew Miller.

I don't understand what this has to do with our pursuit of a top end closer? We need one. Unless you want to rely on a 40+ year old Koji who's coming off injury to hold up throughout the season. It's a clear need.

The Yankees are shopping anyone and everyone because they're desperate to improve and are in a financial nightmare this year. They're opening up their entire roster to trade to increase possibilities. That is all. Andrew Miller had a good season last year and is still a good closer. He's better than anyone we currently have in our BP.

The Royals showed everyone what a dominant BP can do last year...leading them to a WS title with an average rotation. Dominant BP and a lineup that battered pitchers innings 1-9. The Red Sox are set up very similarly as of now...Just missing the dominant BP.

RedSoxtober
11-12-2015, 01:23 PM
Peter Gammons has heard from four different people that Aroldis Chapman will be traded by the end of the weekend.

A major rebuild is about to begin for the Reds, with Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce also reportedly on the block. Joey Votto and Todd Frazier could be moved too if the return package is right. Chapman has been one of the most dominant relievers in Major League Baseball since arriving from Cuba in 2010, boasting a 2.17 ERA and 546 strikeouts in 319 career innings. He's probably drawing interest from well over a dozen teams.

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AI
11-13-2015, 12:14 AM
Hanley, Margot, Guerra, Johnson and filler for Chapman and Votto please.

AI
11-13-2015, 12:17 AM
^If they take Panda and give us Frazier I'll even give them Devers. :)

Mookie Betts CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Joey Votto 1B
David Ortiz DH
Todd Frazier 3B
Blake Swihart C
Rusney Castillo LF
Jackie Bradley Jr. RF

Obviously that's not going to happen, but WOW is that lineup filthy.