Red Sox Notes: Who Would You Take, Lackey, Huijer, Free Agents
Who Would You Rather Have? CBS Sports has been running a good series comparing two top players at the same position – asking who would you rather have. Here’s the Jacoby Ellsbury – Curtis Granderson match-up. And the Dustin Pedroia – Robinson Cano comparison. Also, Adrian Gonzalez – Miguel Cabrera. I am taking: Ellsbury, Pedroia and Cabrera – with each one a close call.
Lackey’s List. John Lackey wins the spot for worst contract for a right-handed starter on Matt Snyder’s list of bad pitching deals. This off-season’s Red Sox talk has uncharacteristically included discussions on budgets and luxury tax. The reason these topics have become issues are not because the Red Sox have become cheap – it is because Boston has made bad, big money decisions (like Lackey – and Carl Crawford) that will hamstring the budget for years. Expect these issues to continue for the next few years.
The Pride of Holland. Did you know the Red Sox have a pitching prospect from The Netherlands? I didn’t. MiLB.com spoke with Boston farmhand Swen Huijer about his budding baseball career. Huijer discusses how he got started in baseball, the transition to working/playing in a different country and his passion outside baseball: cooking.
What’s Left in Free Agency? Ben Reiter looks at the top ten players available in free agency and where they may end up. He pegs Rich Harden as a good match-up for the Red Sox. And doesn’t see Roy Oswalt headed to Boston. Agree with both calls. I would take a look at Mike Gonzalez too, as a potential lefty out of the bullpen.