December 27, 2012
Thursday, December 27
Wednesday was a quiet day on the Hot Stove, with the Red Sox dotting some i’s and crossing some t’s, but most other teams still recovering from their eggnog hangovers. Here’s a look at a couple of stories that broke the silence.
Rangers continue to hunt for offensive upgrades
About two weeks ago, I wrote that although many relevant free agents and trade candidates had already settled into their 2013 digs, Daniels had no shortage of lingering options to upgrade his roster. Since then, the Rangers have secured one of their then-rumored targets (Pierzynski), but watched another (Nick Swisher) agree to terms with the Indians. A handful of free-agent choices and a variety of trade options are still viable, with just 47 days left before the team’s pitchers and catchers report to Surprise, Ariz. for spring training.
Michael Bourn and Adam LaRoche are the big-ticket bats looking for new homes, and on the trade market, Jason Kubel represents one possibility—although Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan threw a wrench into that idea last week. Daniels has a plethora of controllable, high-ceiling players at his disposal, and even if shortstop Jurickson Profar is deemed untouchable, corner infielder Mike Olt or a lower-level prospect could headline a return package. The ability to shift second baseman Ian Kinsler to first, thereby creating a spot for Profar in the 2013 lineup or making room for a newcomer, should enable Daniels to cast a wider net in his search.
Adam LaRoche still talking with Red Sox
Earlier in the day, Royle tweeted that a different source told her that LaRoche would prefer to stay with the Nationals, but a few weeks ago, the 33-year-old told Boston Globe beat writer Nick Cafardo that he “loved hitting at Fenway Park,” so the winner of this race may well be the first team to tack on a third year to its offer. More intriguing than its implications for the LaRoche market, though, is its window into the ongoing saga between the Red Sox and Mike Napoli, who agreed to a three-year, $39 million deal with Boston at the Winter Meetings, yet has still not been added to the roster.