January 1, 2007

A JOB JOE BOROWSKI CAN DO:

Old question in Sox’ new year (Jeff Horrgan, January 1, 2007, Boston Herald)

The Red Sox’ search for a closer carried into the new year apparently no closer to a resolution.

The club remains interested in Washington Nationals right-hander Chad Cordero, who went 7-4 with 29 saves in 33 opportunities last season, but is currently unwilling to part with a top pitching prospect.

The Nationals have interest in Craig Hansen and right-hander Michael Bowden (9-6, 3.51 ERA in 24 starts at Single-A Greenville) but are mostly focused on Clay Buchholz, who the Sox have refused to deal. The 22-year-old, a sandwich pick (42nd overall) in the 2005 draft, went a combined 11-4 with a 2.42 ERA in 24 starts between Greenville and Single-A Wilmington.

Cordero is who you project Hansen to become and is only a year older, so it's a swap that makes sense given the teams' relative likelihoods of contending and respective payrolls. Add Wily Mo instead of a second pitcher and Jim Bowden would go for it. But Buchholz is on track to take a rotation spot when Schilling retires and give the team five young power-armed starters (with Beckett, Papelbon, Lester, Dice-K). No way you trade him for a mere reliever.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 1, 2007 12:00 AM
Comments

...particularly since relievers are so very inconsistent.

Posted by: Bartman at January 2, 2007 8:32 AM
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