December 29, 2005


Sox in hunt for Tejada (Chris Snow, December 29, 2005, Boston Globe)

Dealing Miguel Tejada within the division remains a road the Orioles would rather not go down, but the Red Sox, according to a source with direct knowledge of the team's pursuit of the shortstop, have made a ''pretty good offer" that has positioned them as a legitimate contender for the 2002 American League Most Valuable Player.

The Sox, who initially offered Manny Ramírez for Tejada straight up, recently offered Ramírez and righthander Matt Clement, according to the source.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 29, 2005 7:16 AM

I can see how the Sox would want to get rid of Clement. Now if they could just find takers Wells, Schilling, et al.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at December 29, 2005 12:07 PM

Wells could be headed to LA for Broxton, Jackson & LaRoche -- some of whom they then flip to TB -- and Arroyo to SEA for Reed.

Posted by: oj at December 29, 2005 12:11 PM

Arroyo straight-up for Reed? No way, Orrin. I would love it but not happening. And I assume those prospects for Lugo--which means no Tejada deal, right?

Posted by: Brian (MN) at December 29, 2005 12:29 PM

And LA would be stupid to give up all those guys for Wells. They are pretty stupid, though.

Posted by: Brian (MN) at December 29, 2005 12:31 PM

There is NO way we give you Arroyo straight up for Reed. Maybe Lester or Papelbon, but that's iffy, too. With yet another flyball pitcher on the staff, and Ibanez in left, we need all the defense we can get in center.

Posted by: Timothy at December 29, 2005 2:49 PM

Ichiro in CF, Shin-Soo Choo in Right

Posted by: oj at December 29, 2005 3:06 PM

Or, we just don't trade Reed at all, which makes a lot more sense to me considering what's being offered so far.

Posted by: Timothy at December 29, 2005 6:45 PM

Spent 4 hrs listening to Boston sports radio stuck in the car today. Nobody thinks the Tejeda-Manny deal gets done unless Baltimore is very stupid. Sox don't want to part with Papelbon or Leister so no deals involving them. I don't think that Damon was worth more than the 4yr $40MM the Sox offered but now they need a centerfielder, shortstop and power hitter and will probably spend too much/give up too much to cover these holes.

Posted by: AWW at December 29, 2005 8:37 PM