According to Ken Rosenthal, the Red Sox are on the verge of signing right-handed reliever Rudy Seanez.
Seanez, 37, had a great 2005 with the San Diego Padres, but another season like that would be high-expectations from Sox fans. There are some really nice things to get from Seanez, though.
First of all, he's a strikeout pitcher. He had 84 K's in 60.1 innings pitched last season. And in his 14 seasons as a major leaguer, he has 417 K's in 394.2 innings pitched. If he can continue his pace, then I think we have a fine reliever on our hands that could probable handle the closer role if needbe (hopefully we won't need that).
It's reported to be a one-year contract with an option for a second.
DODGERS SIGN NOMAR GARCIAPARRA
First, Grady Little. Second, Bill Mueller. Now it's Nomar Garciaparra that is the latest to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
It was down between the Indians, Yankees and Dodgers, and the team I most wanted to sign him did. Imagine if he was playing first base for the Yankees. Joe Buck would love that in the first Red Sox - Yankees game shown on Fox in 2006. They'd have a field day over there in the Fox Studios.
If the Dodgers want to become the Red Sox, then let them. If they win the World Series, we should get some bragging rights, though.
NO COCO FOR YOU! ... BUT MAYBE SOME REED?
According to the Globe, a deal involving Indians' outfielder Coco Crisp coming to Boston is looking unlikely.
Boston is trying to pry centerfielder Jeremy Reed away from Seattle also. Boston is offering both Cleveland and Seattle Matt Clement, and dangling Bronson Arroyo, also. The Sox are more reluctant to trade Arroyo than Clement due to the money situation.
For me, it's a toss up. Right now Crisp has the better offensive numbers than Reed, but Reed is a couple of years younger and is great defensively. If I had to choose, though, it'd be Crisp. Depending on what we would trade to get him or for Reed (Arroyo for Reed is what Seattle wants, and I heard Andy Marte and someone else for Crisp), it'd be a tougher call, though.