Sunday, December 9, 2012
Latest signings could impact Sox, Youk
By Gordon Edes
BOSTON -- The Dodgers’ six-year, $147 million deal for Zack Greinke may have a ripple effect on the Red Sox's plans for this winter.
Having lost out for Greinke, the Texas Rangers could shift their focus to re-signing outfielder Josh Hamilton, who remains on the Red Sox radar if he is amenable to a three-year deal. Reports persisted over the weekend that the Rangers were still exploring multiteam trades that could net them Arizona outfielder Justin Upton. If that happens, the Seattle Mariners may wind up as Boston’s chief competition for Hamilton, barring the entry of an unexpected bidder (the Yankees?).
Greinke’s deal with the Dodgers makes him the highest-paid right-handed pitcher ever. It also might reinforce veteran Ryan Dempster’s insistence that it will take a three-year deal to land him. The Sox offered him two years for $25 million, a source said Friday, and were rejected. The Brewers were reported to have made a two-year $26 million offer and also were rebuffed. Dempster’s former team, the Cubs, also were reported to be in the mix for Dempster, who may prefer to return to the National League rather than sign with Boston. A third year would probably change his mind.
The Dodgers also added another starting pitcher in Hyun-Jin Ryu, who came to terms on a reported six-year, $36 million deal. The addition of two starters could lead Dodgers GM Ned Colletti to move one of his other starters, such as Aaron Harang or Chris Capuano.
One other bit of Red Sox-related news: The Cleveland Indians came to terms on a one-year deal with free agent first baseman Mark Reynolds, which could make it more likely that Kevin Youkilis winds up with the Yankees. Youkilis’s agent, Joe Bick, told reporters Youkilis is considering all of his options.