- Now that John Gibbons has been hired as the Toronto manager, Brian Butterfield is officially the 3rd base coach for 2013. This is great news for the maineiacs. Butterfield is a graduate of Orono High School which is the alma mater of two of the four maineiacs.
- The coaching staff will be rounded out as soon as they name a hitting coach or two. Gregg Colbrunn will be the fifth person interviewed for that position and expect an announcement sometime within the next week.
- Mike Napoli is reportedly looking for a fourth guaranteed year to sign with a team. The Red Sox and Mariners are reported to be the top suitors with the Yankees being mentioned earlier in the process.
- No new news to report on the catcher trade sweepstakes. Perhaps the Sox could use either Saltalamacchia or Lavarnway as a center piece of a trade with the Minnesota Twins for Justin Morneau, Joe Mauer or both. The more I think about it the more I think that the Twins and Red Sox are a good match for a trade. The Red Sox have a number of relatively affordable team controlled players as well as a few big league ready cheap players. The Twins would like to get rid of the Mauer and Morneau contracts, although Morneau only has one more year left on his deal at 14 million. The Sox could start with a package of Saltalamacchia, Doubront and Jose Iglesias.
- Ben Cherington appears to be trying to repeat Theo Epstein's successful rebuilding job through free agency prior to the 2003 season by going after high character clubhouse guys. According to all reports David Ross and Johnny Gomes are good clubhouse guys. Who's going to be next?
Friday, November 23, 2012
Red Sox Thanksgiving Leftovers
While no Thanksgiving will probably ever match the 2003 version from a hot stove perspective the Red Sox did make a move around the holiday. It has not been officially announced yet but it appears that the Sox have agreed to a 2 year 10 million dollar contract with Johnny Gomes. Here are a few other Red Sox thoughts: