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  1. #16
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    The Jackie Bradley Jr. market appears to be heating up.

    According to MLB.com, the Phillies and Cubs are the two most recent teams to reportedly show interest in the centerfielder.

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    The Astros have seemingly made Bradley Jr. a priority since the outset of free agency, with the Red Sox also showing in interest in a reunion. Also in the mix seem to be both the Blue Jays and Mets, although each of those teams seemingly prefer the more expensive free agent target George Springer.
    weei.com

    The FO was careful about how it described Renfroe, leaving open the possibility of re-signing JBJ and leaving Verdugo's cannon of an arm in RF. That could mean a platoon for Renfroe or a move for Benintendi. With Duran close, one of these guys won't be around long term.

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    Red Sox signed RHP Zack Kelly to a minor league contract.

    Kelly held a 3.63 ERA and 85/29 K/BB ratio over 79 1/3 innings between High- and Double-A in the Angels organization in 2019. He'll turn 26 in March and is coming back from minor elbow surgery, so this looks like merely a depth signing.
    Another below-the-radar type deal

    Bob Klapisch of NJ Advance Media reports that DJ LeMahieu's asking price in contract talks with the Yankees has been five years and $125 million.

    It's a notable jump from the five-year, $100 million ask which Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported last week. Klapisch's colleague, Brendan Kuty, has reported that LeMahieu and the Yanks are more than $25 million apart in their negotiations, with Klapisch saying the team "isn't budging" because "no one in the organization wants to commit to a fifth year" and "the Yankees would be bidding against themselves." Obviously, some work needs to be done here to bridge the gap, but LeMahieu ultimately re-signing still seems to be the likely scenario.
    Obviously not the deal for the Red Sox but I'm totally in favor of him getting that kind of deal from NYY just to limit future spending.

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    Well, they are setting the record for signing defective players this offseason....
    What in the blue hell happened to this team?
    Another season of ZERO interest

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    The Sox have been focused on deals of up to two or three years, according to those sources. One potential rotation addtion who fits that is righthander Jake Ordorizzi, a 30-year old who has reached free agency for the first time. MLB.com reported Tuesday that the Red Sox have "serious intereste." The Athletic reported that Ordorizzi has been seeking a three-year deal for $36 million -- $42 million.
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    Quote Originally Posted by factnotopinion7 View Post
    Well, they are setting the record for signing defective players this offseason....
    What in the blue hell happened to this team?
    Another season of ZERO interest
    Yeah, I'm a little uncertain about what's going on. Obviously, COVID has left a lot of uncertainty in the FA market. I don't get a reluctance to go beyond a couple of years (above), though. If a player is going to compete for two or three years, then I hope there's no impact beyond the first season.

    One possibility: the FA pitching market is pretty weak. Bauer is basically on his own on the top shelf and the next level are "good not great" types. You could make a case for any of them helping the rotation. But you could also make the case for waiting on the market and getting a guy off the second shelf as the dust begins to settle because the differences aren't that great so the bargain might be worth it.

    I definitely think that depth is an operational key for Bloom -- because it was for the Rays. Last year the Rays had the second best record in MLB with a staff that had 11 guys make starts in a 60-game season. Some of that is from the starter concept but some of it is from planning for players to get hurt, need rest, or underperform. DD didn't think that way; he threw money at guys in their peak and assumed they'd start 35 games. His teams characteristically suffered in the BP (no money left) and had little depth (same). If we end up with a couple of AAAA starters who can roll like Johnson/Velazquez in 2018, that's not a bad thing.

    It's also not very exciting.

    At this point, I would guess that we're going to end up with a rotation of Eduardo, Eovaldi, FA, Pivetta, and Houck. Reports were good on Pivetta at the alternate site; the Sox got him back to throwing the way he did when he'd just arrived in MLB. Once Sale returns (May/June), then Pivetta or Houck heads to the BP. That gets them a decent rotation without spending a ton and without a very long-term commitment.

    The bigger question may be in the OF. For all the good words about staying in touch with JBJ, not much seems likely to happen there and now they're reportedly shopping Benintendi. I'm not overly disappointed that Benny could be leaving; he hit a peak in July 2018 and has been sliding ever since. Not sure if he's incapable of making an adjustment or what. I get the case for dealing his potential for a prospect with upside, especially when he's an alternative to a weak FA class. I'm not sure that I'd be pushing that approach but I get the motivation.

    If the polar ice cap ever breaks on the luke-warm stove, then things could break in favor of being in WC contention. Maybe have a solid run that makes everyone think the team has a chance before settling back to earth late in the season.

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    According to a #RedSox source the #Marlins were one of the teams engaged in trade talks re: Andrew Benintendi but they have not been able to agree on return. Other teams also have been involved.
    Jim Bowden on Twitter

    I always take Bowden's "insider" stuff with a grain of salt. That said, I wonder if we could bring back someone like Edward Cabrera or Trevor Rogers. Sixto Sanchez is obviously too much of an ask.
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    The Red Sox have been very quiet so far this offseason, but that could soon change.

    According to Buster Olney of ESPN, there's a sense in the league that the Red Sox "have talked about a ton of possibilities and are preparing for a series of moves before the start of spring training."

    Olney adds: "the expectation is that they will in an effort to upgrade the '21 team."

    One of the moves could involve Andrew Benintendi. For more on that, click here. MLB Network's Mark Feinsand reports an executive would be "shocked" if he isn't traded by the end of the weekend.

    It's unclear what some of the other moves could be, but the Red Sox have reportedly had interest in a number of pitchers that are still available.

    According to USA Today, Rob Manfred has told teams to expect spring training to start on time and to plan on playing the full 162-game schedule.
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    Unlike Oakland, Philadelphia and Cincinnati, Boston is targeting Semien as a second baseman, per Bowden. That isnít surprising, as it was reported last month that teams have shown interest in Semien as an option at the keystone this offseason. Boston already has a set left side of the infield with shortstop Xander Bogaerts and third baseman Rafael Devers, but it still has to sort out second Ė a position that isnít foreign to Semien. He played 77 games there as a minor leaguer and another 29 in the bigs with the White Sox from 2013-14.

    Along with where heíll go, an obvious question centering on Semien is how much it will take to sign him. When the offseason began, MLBTR predicted Semien would reel in a one-year, $14MM contract, but as Steve Adams wrote in November, others have been far more bullish in regards to his forthcoming deal. If teams are confident Semien is more the player he was in 2019 and in the second half of 2020, he could indeed collect a substantial payday over multiple years.
    M L B Trade Rumors

    Hard to say how much of an upgrade Semien would be over what we've got. Was the monster 2019 season just a fluke? Most years he's been a league-average SS with both bat and glove. Did he regress in 2018 because of the stress of COVID and the uneven start to a weird season or did he simply fall back to his career averages (note: his 162-game average was awfully close to his career mark)?

    $27M/2yr with an option might be okay in terms of roster building. It'd give Downs a cushion for development and provide some flexibility for Cora to give Bogaerts the day off (or rotate him through DH) with Semien capable of playing a decent SS.

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