It looks like the Boston Red Sox are worried about the results of J.D. Drew’s physical. A shoulder injury is the primary concern and it looks like that might explain Drew’s power dip last year. It’s not certain whether this will just mean there will be an injury clause of some kind in the contract or whether it will be wiped away clean. This comes on the heels of all of the tampering charges that have been thrown at the Red Sox.
It looks like the next physical is set for Monday so we’ll have to wait and see until then.
The Red Sox added two middle relievers today. They signed J.C. Romero to be the team’s left handed specialist and they traded Phil Seibel to the Angels for Brendan Donnelly. Romero had a very tough year last year and while Donnelly had his highest ERA and WHIP of his career last year, he comes with a solid pedigree as a set up man.
Romero’s numbers do look ugly (.298 batting average against), he was very good against lefties, who hit only .202 against him. It was his number against righties (.398 batting average against!!) that got him into trouble. His 31/28 strikeout to walk ratio wasn’t anything to write home about either.
It’s going to come right down to the thirty day deadline, but it looks like the Red Sox are finally sign their crown jewel of the pitching rotation. Daisuke Matsuzaka will look really good in a Red Sox uniform and he’ll be the odds on favorite to win the rookie of the year award.
The Red Sox all in cost for Matsuzaka will be a tad over $100 million but if it means the Sox are that much closer to a World Series, I don’t think fans will mind too much.
Prospect guru John Sickels recently unveiled his list of the top 20 Red Sox prospects. At the top of the list is outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and then he lists three right handed pitchers next. Rounding out to the top five is slugger Lars Anderson.
Craig Hansen is still listed fourth after a rough 2005. I tend to agree with Sickels in that he was rushed.
Four players with B+ ratings and five more with B ratings is pretty solid though. You have to be happy with the farm system even after we traded some of our guys last year.
Man, the Red Sox are throwing money around. Not only did they announce that huge deal for J.D. Drew, they’re now locking up shortstop Julio Lugo to a four year, $36 million deal. Man that’s a lot of money for a middle of the road short stop but so goes 2006. Everyone’s worth more money these days.
Lugo is a career .277/.340/.402 hitter. He’s an average fielder but in that respect, he’s coming off of his best season in 2005 with an average one.
Again, Lugo is a mediocre talent and the price tag seems very high The price of business has gone up though so who knows.
The Red Sox and J.D. Drew have reached a preliminary agreement on a five year, $70 million deal. This is a really huge signing and if we get a healthy Drew to go along with Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz, the Red Sox are going to be an offensive juggernaught again.
No word on whether Ramirez will be dealt or not. Theo Epstein gave everyone through tomorrow to wow him with a deal and so far there’s been no news.
While the Red Sox continue to negotiate with Daisuke Matsuzaka, they signed another Japenese pitcher. Left handed reliever Hideki Okajima signed a two year $2.5 million deal with an option for 2009. Okajima will set up and will also probably serve as a left handed specialist. His numbers look solid and for just over $1 million for a lefty reliever, Theo Epstein might have found a bargain.
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