Tag:Jayson Werth
Posted on: December 3, 2010 7:15 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2010 9:23 pm

Red Sox pursue Padres' Gonzalez

Adrian Gonzalez
The Red Sox are making a bid for some players who will cost big money, but they also apparently have interest in a big acquisition that would be paid in players.

An ESPNBoston.com report says Boston general manager Theo Epstein has been talking with Padres counterpart (and former Epstein assistant) Jed Hoyer about a deal that would bring big-hitting first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox. Gonzalez, who batted .298/.393/.511 with 31 homers and 101 RBI last season, will be a free agent after next season, and he'll be well out of the Padres' price range. San Diego had the second-smallest payroll in the majors last season.

Moving Gonzalez is a tough decision for the Padres. He's far and away their best offensive player (while he had 101 RBI last season, no other Padre had more than 58), he's popular and he's affordable for next season ($5.5 million). And the Padres, who missed the playoffs by one game after their offense couldn't score enough to support their stellar pitching, won't be able to come near replacing his offense at the same price.

Still, that's how small-payroll teams compete: Make great, cheap acquisitions, then make great trade decisions when moving them prior to free agency. And the Padres seem uniquely positioned to judge this trade, given that Hoyer, assistant GM Jason McLeod, and Josh Byrnes, hired Friday as San Diego's vice president of baseball operations, all worked for the Red Sox and know their prospects well. You wouldn't figure they'll get fleeced, nor will they make a deal that doesn't bring enough back. (Here is a Baseball America 's analysis of Boston's top prospects.)

Perhaps the best part of this deal from Boston's perpective would be that they would add an elite offensive player with virtually no effect on their pursuit of big-hitting free agents Jayson Werth and Carl Crawford. Imagine how scary Boston's lineup would look with all three.

Interestingly, this news came out hours after the Red Sox met with Scott Boras about free-agent third baseman Adrian Beltre. If Boston loses Beltre, the plan would be to move Kevin Youkilis to third, freeing up first base. The pursuit of Gonzalez could signal that the Red Sox are planning for life after Beltre.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: December 2, 2010 12:46 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2010 5:41 pm

Top storylines to expect at Winter Meetings

From December 6-9, baseball's offseason will kick into high gear as team officials, agents, players and media descend upon Orlando, Fla. This week, MLB Facts and Rumors will preview an aspect of the Winter Meetings each day. Today: The top storylines of the meetings.

There are three major storylines when it comes to the Winter Meetings and that's what will be dominating the airwaves. It's going to be all about free agency and possible trades Monday through Wednesday, then Thursday sees the Rule 5 draft take center stage.

That's not all that will happen, however. Below is a list of the major storylines of the meetings.

The MLBPA wants owners to hold off on voting in any specific proposals for expanding the playoffs. Both sides seem to agree it is inevitable the playoffs will be expanded, but logistics such as timing, length of series and playoff bonuses need to be hashed out.

With one year remaining on the labor agreement, expanded playoffs probably won't happen until 2012, but there will be plenty of chatter around the topic as the MLBPA's executive board is currently meeting in Orlando, a week in advance of the meetings. That's not a coincidence, especially as Selig's own 14-man committee will be discussing adding two wild-card teams to the mix on Dec. 7, when they meet in Orlando. Other topics that could be touched on include expanding video replay (don't bet on it) and turning the amateur draft into a worldwide one with a slotting system.

No, it probably won't be Cliff Lee, although there will be plenty of developments in that arena during the Winter Meetings.

However, it's likely that a top free-agent name does come off the board, whether Carl Crawford, Jayson Werth or Carl Pavano.

With agents and GMs all in one place amid a haze of frenetic energy, things tend to accelerate faster toward getting things done and there is always a few significant free-agent pieces to come off the board.

Of the three major free-agents left in Lee, Werth and Crawford, it's the Ray that figures to be the closest to signing. Lee is in no hurry and it's not known if there are even any bids in hand. Werth, for his part, says that negotiations haven't accelerated and figures haven't been exchanged, although that was days ago which is an entire millennia in baseball happenings.

However, Crawford has already been pitched heavily by the Angels, and the Red Sox met with him in Houston. Sounds like things are heating up. He could very well grab the lead story on many newspapers' sports sections next week.

Every time a new free agent signs, the trade market gets clearer. For example, when the Dodgers signed Juan Uribe, that caused the Giants to strike for Miguel Tejada and essentially take themselves out of the Jason Bartlett sweepstakes. The Dodgers then sent Ryan Theriot to the Cardinals as a result of signing Uribe, which put the Cardinals in a position to decline Bartlett's services as well if they so choose.

Teams are starting to plug up gaps, which should accelerate the wheeling and dealing so GMs aren't frozen out of a player or a deal falls apart thanks to a resolution in free agency.

Zack Greinke
Greinke is going to be the popular name on the trade market, but he's not going anywhere until Cliff Lee comes off the board, and perhaps not even then. Remember, the Royals righty is two years from free agency and has a high price tag. Kansas City is holding out hope it can eventually convince Greinke to re-sign once he sees the talent around him improving.

There will be plenty of smoke surrounding Greinke, but don't be surprised if nothing comes of it.


On Thursday, the Rule 5 draft will cap the meetings and everyone will hit the airport in the afternoon. The draft will have plenty of machinations as there always seems to be a gem per year that emerges as Josh Hamilton, Dan Uggla and Joakim Soria can attest to. There was no such gem in 2009, so perhaps 2010 will fix that remedy.

There were 17 selections in the first round of the '09 Rule 5 draft in the major-league phase and 19 in 2008. That means one can comfortably assume at least half of the major-league teams will be participating in the draft. There is also a Triple- and Double-A phase, although the latter is rarely taken advantage of by teams.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 1, 2010 9:50 pm

Red Sox getting busy

The Red Sox may be looking to make a splash before next week's Winter Meetings.

Earlier today, Yahoo!'s Tim Brown reported (via Twitter ) Red Sox officials were in Houston meeting with Carl Crawford, and now he says (again, on Twitter ) that the team will meet with Scott Boras on Thursday to discuss Adrian Beltre and Jayson Werth.

The Red Sox have been relatively quiet so far this offseason, but nobody expects them to sit still.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 1, 2010 9:57 am

Red Sox hard after Crawford, Werth

Werth It's been a quiet offseason for the Red Sox so far, but things may be about to blow up.

The Boston Herald reports that Boston is "working hard behind the scenes" to get one of Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth (pictured) into Fenway Park.

Any deal for Werth or Crawford is expected to top John Lackey's free-agent deal with the club for five years and $82.5 million. That is the biggest contract outlay to date new ownership has committed to a player, with J.D. Drew's five-year, $70 million pact the litmus test for a position player.

Werth is requesting a six-year deal, Crawford eight. Both sides figure to have to settle for one year less, with the average annual salary increasing as a result of the concession.

There hasn't been any rumors of Werth or Crawford coming close to signing a deal just yet, although the Angels are courting Crawford heavily.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 30, 2010 11:55 pm

Francisco, Frasor accept arbitration

Jason Frasor The Rangers' Frank Francisco and the Blue Jays' Jason Frasor have accepted salary arbitration, the Major League Baseball Players Association announced Tuesday night. They were the only two of 27 arbitration-eligible free agents to accept.

Francisco and Frasor are both middle relievers and may have found themselves hamstrung by being Type A free agents and costing a draft pick to sign.

Turning down arbitration were Kevin Gregg, Octavio Dotel, Trevor Hoffman, Kevin Correia, Pedro Feliciano, Aaron Heilman, Brad Hawpe, Felipe Lopez, Scott Downs, Randy Choate, Grant Balfour, J.J. Putz, Carl Crawford, Rafael Soriano, Carl Pavano, Adrian Beltre, Chad Qualls, Cliff Lee, Jayson Werth, Adam Dunn, Jesse Crain, Orlando Hudson, Paul Konerko, Miguel Olivo and Adam LaRoche.

Those 25 players could still re-sign with their previous teams.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 28, 2010 5:03 pm

Werth not close to signing anywhere

Jayson Werth Jayson Werth isn't close to signing anywhere, he tells CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury .

Although there have been rumors in Philadelphia that the outfielder is close to returning to the Phillies, Salibury texted Werth to ask if he was close to signing anywhere.

"Not at all. It's very early. I will make an informed decision in due time," Werth wrote.

Salibury also talked to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., who declined comment on Werth or any other free agent.

"All I can tell you is No. 1, we don't comment on rumors, and No. 2, as with our policy, we just don't comment on our dealings with free agents," he said.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 26, 2010 6:38 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:13 pm

Dodgers still shopping

The Dodgers made today's big news, signing free-agent starter Jon Garland, but the team isn't finished spending.

On the conference call announcing the move, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said he's still looking for a bat and a reliever. He's also needs to decide on what to do at catcher, according to this tweet from Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times .

The Dodgers were expected to be hamstrung by the divorce of owner Frank McCourt, but they've re-signed Ted Lilly and Hiroki Kuroda in addition to signing Garland.

It's unlikely the Dodgers can afford one of the higher-priced free agents like Carl Crawford, Jayson Werth or Adam Dunn.

The Dodgers have three catchers on their 40-man roster, but could choose to non-tender Russell Martin. The team also has A.J. Ellis and Hector Gimenez on the 40-man roster. The team didn't offer arbitration to free-agent catcher Rod Barajas this week.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans 

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Posted on: November 19, 2010 9:44 am
Edited on: November 19, 2010 11:29 am

Friday morning rumor roundup

The owners have taken over for the GMs in Orlando, but the hot stove has been kicked up a notch this week. Here are some current storylines.

* The Diamondbacks are increasingly inclined to move Justin Upton, with the Blue Jays, Mariners and Marlins having expressed "a high level of interest." (USA Today )

* The Giants want Aubrey Huff back, and he wants to come back, but talks haven't gotten serious. (CSNBayArea.com )

* Hal Steinbrenner says the Yankees and Derek Jeter are working with "mutual respect," but it's a "business negotiation." (Star-Ledger )

* Drayton McLane has ramped up his efforts to sell the team by retaining an investment firm. Asking price: $800 million. (bizofbaseball.com )

* Bad news for Phillies fans who want to keep Jayson Werth around: GM Ruben Amaro is already referring to the outfielder in the past tense. (Philadelphia Inquirer video)

* The Tigers' three-year deal with Joaquin Benoit is officially official. (Tigers.com )

* The incentive clauses built into Felix Hernandez's contract make his Cy Young worth an extra $4.25 million (bizofbaseball.com )

-- David Andriesen

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