Updates On The Hot Stove & Red Sox Action
The hot stove has been on the cool side of the burner for the better part of this off-season but in the past fews days things have started to sizzle up for Major League Baseball and the Boston Red Sox.
With an everlasting question mark still looming at the shortstop position, it was reported today by Peter Gammons that Dustin Pedroia may be more likely to get the nod at shortstop in 2010 in lieu of free agent Marco Scutaro. Pedroia would return to his natural position as the former AL MVP played shortstop at Arizona State and in the minor leagues for the Red Sox.
Shifting Pedroia over the bag would make a more managable hole at second base to be filled. With free agent options like Orlando Hudson and Placido Palanco, or Brandon Phillips via trade, the Sox could elect to go this route and save their draft picks. However, it is yet to be seen or heard how Terry Francona and the Sox brass would feel about moving Pedroia over to the shortstop hole as questions of his range and arm strength will surely arise.
Another topic happening around the league involving the Red Sox, is that of Roy Halladay stating he will veto any trade after Spring Training, thus forcing the Blue Jays either to ship the 32-year-old Cy Young award winner or hold onto him in 2010. He will inevitably leave for free agency, if they decide not to trade him, Toronto will net only two draft picks. This could be good news for Boston, as the asking price for the treasured Halladay could go down as the Jays may want to move Halladay in favor of risking just draft pick compensation with his departure. Stay tuned with this one.
There was speculation that the Boston Red Sox are now more interested in signing Matt Holliday over Jason Bay. This would only be true if the Sox sign Marco Scutaro and Bay’s asking price gets a little to steep for his skill level. Although the prospect of Holliday at Fenway Park intrigues me, and the strikeouts from Bay frustrate me, you cannot deny the fact that Bay put up solid numbers in a year and a half in Boston and his stats are also backed up by a world-class demeanor.
Either option would suit many Boston fans but with Scott Boras looking for a Mark Teixeira-like contract for Holliday, I doubt the Sox bite at that bait as they already know what they have in No. 44.