I picked this up at Baseball Musings, but the Red Sox are apparantly close to signing J.D. Drew. This would be huge because J.D. Drew is one those rare power/on-base machines that the Red Sox could really use in front of David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez. On top of that, Drew is pretty much past his “injury prone” days. He played all of last year and while he missed most of 2005, it was because of a fluky injury on pitch that hit him. And then he had that monster 2004 for the Braves.
It’ll also help that Drew will be getting out of pitcher friend Dodger Stadium. You should see Drew’s numbers increase across the board and I see him getting a ton of doubles in Fenway Park.
The Red Sox re-signed utility infielder Alex Cora to a two year, $4 million deal this weekend. Cora is a light hitter (career .344 slugging) but he can play anywhere in the infield and while he’s not a great fielder, he’s good enough and he gives the Red Sox versatility. I’d like to see the Red Sox use this spot to get a little more pop, but Theo Epstein must see something in the guy.
The Red Sox front office is getting serious. They took a huge gamble by spending somewhere between $42 million and $50 million for a 30 day window to exclusively negotiate a deal with Japanese superstar Daisuke Matsuzaka. There’s no doubt Matsuzaka is a bona fide star and he showed his stuff in the World Baseball Classic. It just seems like these Japanese pitchers have just as much of a chance to flame out (Kaz Ishii??) then they do of making it big. Then again, this guy took down the worlds best and walked away with the WBC MVP.
If the Red Sox don’t sign him, he returns to Japan to play there. I’m thinking for that price tag, the Red Sox are serious about signing him. On a good note, the Yankees won’t be getting him.
The Red Sox definitely have the best one-two punch in all of baseball. Manny Ramirez would be the best hitter on at least 20 other team but on the Red Sox, he’s met his match in David Ortiz. Both were crediting for their offensive exploits this week with Silver Sluggers. Ramirez won his eighth straight and ninth overall while Ortiz won his third straight. Hopefully they’ll be able to match what they did, without the injuries, next year.
The good news is, the Red Sox won’t have to pay Keith Foulke $7.5 million next year. The bad news is, the Red Sox might be forced to pay him $3.75 million because of a mutual option. That doesn’t sound quite as bad though when you consider the Red Sox have to pay Foulke $1,75 million no matter what.
Foulke’s had a couple of rough seasons after he helped the Red Sox to the World Series in 2004 so I wish Foulke the best in whatever he does. Then again, with Paplebon set to enter the rotation, there is a need for a closer. You wonder if Foulke has one more season left in the tank.
I wrote up my first 1967 bio over at the 1967 AL Pennant Race site and I picked the easy one. Carl Yastrzemski was nothing short of stud in 1967. He’s still the last guy to win the triple crown and that’s now going on 40 years.
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