Lots of new Hot Stove talk in today’s Globe. Here are some highlights, with the Globe’s words listed first, followed by my thoughts:
One industry executive insisted the Sox were dangling outfielder Wily Mo Peña to the Nationals for closer Chad Cordero, though Nationals GM Jim Bowden, through a club spokesman, denied any such discussions. Bowden, who traded for Peña when he was with Cincinnati, has long held Peña in high regard.
This would be an exceptional deal for the Sox. Cordero is a young and effective closer. I like Wily Mo, but it is easier to find a young outfielder than a young closer, and the Sox have an array of outfield prospects in the minors.
Second baseman Mark Loretta said he considers it unlikely he would be back in Boston next season, though he didn’t rule it out altogether. "They haven’t made an offer," said the 35-year-old free agent, who hit .285 in 155 games last season. "Everything we’ve heard is that they’re going with [Dustin Pedroia], that they don’t want to retard his development."
Loretta was mentioned as a possibility with the Mets, but that went away when the Mets re-signed Jose Valentin.
As for Trot Nixon, the free agent right fielder? Multiple team executives and scouts said his name was barely discussed at last week’s GM meetings in Naples, Fla.
Like most of you, I like Loretta. He is stready and dependable. However, I do understand if Theo decides to start Pedroia. The Sox have reached a point where they either need to give Pedroia a chance, or trade him. I prefer to keep him, especially after dealing past top infield prospects like Freddy Sanchez and David Eckstein. As for Trot, maybe if Wily Mo is traded, and the Sox don’t sign Drew, they will resign Trot and platoon him with someone like Aubrey Huff, who is the free agent I would most like the Sox to sign.
The Sox also announced several procedural roster moves yesterday. They added righthanded pitcher Kyle Jackson and lefthanded pitcher Phil Seibel to their major league roster. Jackson’s contract was purchased from Double A Portland, Seibel’s from Triple A Pawtucket. The Sox also activated three pitchers — righthander Matt Clement, lefthander Jon Lester, and righthander David Pauley — from the 60-day disabled list. They assigned lefthanded pitcher Abe Alvarez outright to Pawtucket after activating him from the 60-day disabled list.
Does anyone know the status of Matt Clement? About six weeks ago, I read where he would likely not pitch in 2007 due to injuries. Has this outlook changed? Also, I wonder how Jon Lester’s treatment is going, and if he will return next season.
I’m not going to comment on the ongoing rumors about Manny. Truth be told, I’m tired of reading about it. Either make the deal, or keep him. I think if he is traded, it will be to Anaheim or Texas, since the Mets signed Moises Alou for left field and are pursuing Barry Zito. OK, I admit that was a comment, but it was a brief one!