Chat with ESPNBoston's Gordon Edes
Welcome to SportsNation! On Monday, ESPNBoston's Gordon Edes stops by to take your MLB offseason questions.
Edes, who joined ESPNBoston.com in Nov. 2009, has covered MLB for more than 25 years. He spent 12 years covering the Sox for the Boston Globe.
Send your questions now and join Edes Monday at 2 p.m. ET!
Gordon Edes (2:00 PM)
Hey, everyone, welcome to the first of what I hope will be many chats here at ESPNBoston on the Sox. The "c" key on my laptop has been obliterated, which may slow down this hacker a bit, but I'll try to keep things rolling. So, on to your questions.
Matt (Holliston, MA)
Do you think a trade for Joe Mauer is at all possible or will the Twins never give him up?
Gordon Edes (2:03 PM)
Matt, I just can't see the Twins trading him this winter. What a contradictory message that would send just as they're moving into a new ballpark. Mauer has $12.5m coming to him in 2010 before he becomes a free agent, but I think Bill Smith has to show a good-faith effort to keep hometown Joe in a Twins uni.
Steven Strasburg (DC)
Will I be in the starting rotation come opening day? And do you think it is possible for me to have a season similar to Tommy Hanson?
Gordon Edes (2:05 PM)
Dude, you've got to spell your own name right if you want to put one over on me. It's Stephen, not Steven. But if the Nats, I give you a little time in the minors before you come to The Show. Sorry.
JimmyR (New York)
Gordon, do you think the Sox will consider trading Beckett for prospects in a deal for A. Gonzalez? They clearly need a bat and are unable to make a reasonable trade with the Padres because Hoyer knows the Sox system too well. I think Beckett is regarded much higher than his performance has indicated and could land 2-3 top flight prospects to trade in a deal for A. Gonzalez. Thoughts?
Gordon Edes (2:07 PM)
Jimmy R, The only reason the Pads move Gonzalez is because they're in a money crunch, so getting back Beckett doesn't really make sense, especially since he's in a walk year. As you noted, Jed Hoyer does know the Sox system extremely well, and if he does move Gonzalez, he'll be looking for young talent back, probably starting with Buchholz and at least two of Boston's top prospects.
Would Theo entertain the idea of signing Damon for 2yrs/18 mil?
Gordon Edes (2:10 PM)
Chuck, I suppose you can't rule it out, but the way Damon's departure went down, the Sox claiming that Boras misled them on a five-year offer from another club that Johnny never had, I can't see him back here. Those numbers you suggest are what Abreu got to stay with the Angels, right? It's probably take something similar for anybody, including the Yankees, to sign JD.
Rob (San Diego)
I think what the Sox should be mostly concentrating on is a new SS. Who do you think would be a good fit for a new Boston Short Stop? Whos out there thats even worth giving a look? Or should we make Big Papi a happy guy and get another slugger?
Gordon Edes (2:14 PM)
The Red Sox will bank on Jose Iglesias, the Cuban defector and defensive whiz, to make a rapid rise through the system, though 2010 is an unrealistic ETA. The Sox will wait to see if the Blue Jays offer Marco Scutaro salary arbitration; if they don't, I think he becomes the prime target. If that path is not taken, I don't see anyone else free agent-wise the Sox would go after, other than to re-sign Alex Gonzalez at a reduced rate. People float Miguel Tejada's name, but Miggy is a defensive liability at short; he has to move to third. The Red Sox will look at trade possibilities as well, though there isn't an obvious match that jumps out at me.
Gordo (Western MA)
Gordo (yes that's my name too), is Adrian Gonzalez actually available? Or is that typical boston fans looking for the most ideal player around and dreaming up trades (a la Hanley)? Imagine we'd have to give up the farm to get that guy (what with his skill and friendly contract).
Gordon Edes (2:16 PM)
Gordo, That remains to be seen. Jed Hoyer met with Gonzalez's agent, John Boggs last week, and I suspect he'll listen to offers, but it will take a heckuva deal to get him.
Who's in your Top 3 most difficult personalities to deal with in baseball? Of all-time and present.
Gordon Edes (2:20 PM)
Chuck, I'd have to say Dan Duquette when he was GM was an awful tough nut to crack, though he's as pleasant as can be today. Some people will assume that I'd say Carl Everett, though until the CHBF incident, Everett could be very engaging. Cesar Cedeno, at the end of his career, wanted to throttle me when I wrote that the Dodgers were going to release him, but by and large I can't think of too many players who froze me out over the years. Maybe selective memory, I don't know.
What do you think the Red Sox have planned if they are shopping Lowell?
Gordon Edes (2:25 PM)
Zach, I suspect that GM Theo Epstein is prepared to go a number of ways if Mike is moved. A perfect storm is if the Sox were able to deal for Adrian Gonzalez and move Kevin Youkilis to third. Failing that, the Sox could look at the supply of FA third basemen, or make a deal. A pretty vague answer, I know, but we're still in the early stages of FA here and their plans have yet to become apparent.
Brett C. (Plymouth, MN)
Gordon, great to have ya back! Is Bay crazy to think he can get more than 4/60 on the open market?
Gordon Edes (2:27 PM)
Brett, I don't think he's crazy at all, not when the FA class of '09 is as light as it is. That's not to say he WILL get a better deal, but it's certainly worth investigating. I think the Angels, Giants and Mariners are all going to be involved, as well as the Mets.
Mike S (CT)
Gordon, which holdover on the Hall of Fame ballot is most deserving of enshrinement: Bert Blyleven, Mark McGwire, or Tim Raines? All three are no-brainers for me, but the BBRAA hasn't been too supportive of any of them.
Gordon Edes (2:29 PM)
Mike, For me it's Blyleven. I know Bert's belly-aching has put off some people, but look at the record. I voted for Mac and Raines as well, so I'm with you.
rick (new york)
do you think having Hoyer in SD helps or hurts the sox chances of getting Adrian Gonzalez. thanks.
Gordon Edes (2:33 PM)
Rick, a good question. Theo worked with Kevin Towers in San Diego, and they had a very good relationship. If you remember, the first deal Theo's fingerprints were all over was the one that landed the Sox Alan Embree. Obviously, Theo and Jed are very close, and Jed's knowledge of the Sox system is such that he won't get duped into taking a lesser prospect, the way the D-Backs were when the Sox traded for Curt Schilling. Moving Gonzalez, you have to realize, will ultimately be an ownership decision, which means Jeff Moorad will have to sign off on it. But for Theo, dealing with Jed should mean the lines of communication will always be open.
Mark (Portland, ME)
Who do you think the Red Sox prefer - Bay or Holliday?
Gordon Edes (2:34 PM)
Mark, I don't think the Sox look at it in those terms. I think they see the market for Holliday going higher than they want to pay, so their focus is on re-signing Bay.
When will Casey Kelly be ready to play. People keep saying he's untouchable but his numbers don't look that amazing. I'd rather have King Felix. you?
Gordon Edes (2:38 PM)
SOSH4life (and SOSHers know I like to go their site to read some original thinking on the club), I've heard Sox people say that Kelly could pitch for the big club as soon as sometime in 2011...assuming he decides to abandon the shortstop experiment. It's hardly fair to compare him at this stage to Felix the Cat...who wouldn't prefer to have Hernandez, a young guy with a spectacular track record, to a teenager who is a great prospect but nothing more at this stage?
What is a reasonable return package for Mike Lowell?
Gordon Edes (2:40 PM)
Dylan, Realistically, I don't see how the Sox could expect to get back much other than a decent prospect or two, given Mike's health issues. And that's even though Mike remained a pretty productive hitter last season.
Bryan (Bryant University, RI)
Hey Gordo - Miss your columns in the papers up here, glad to see you following the hot stove again. What are your thoughts on trading away Lowrie and Bowden down to FL for Josh Johnson? The reports from Miami show that the Marlins don't think they'll be able to hold onto him and I don't think Epstein will ever have confidence in Lowrie, and Bowden has done nothing on the big stage. I think both could flourish in a low pressure environment like FL, what do you think?
Gordon Edes (2:42 PM)
Bryan, I think it will take a lot more than a Lowrie/Bowden package to get Josh Johnson. Billy Wagner last summer put Johnson right near the top of the best pitchers in the game, comparing him to a right-handed version of Jon Lester. I can assure you that the Red Sox will do their due diligence on Johnson if the Marlins indeed elect to move him.
Do you think there is any truth to the rumor that the red sox are going to be quiet during this years free agency, with plans for making a large push at better talent in next years free agent class?
Gordon Edes (2:44 PM)
Patrick, I'm more inclined to believe the Red Sox will be active, trying to re-sign Bay, finding a shortstop, and exploring trades for Gonzalez or Roy Halladay. Theo is not one to stand with a pat hand if he can avoid it.
Will the Yankees throw the bank at Matt Holliday during the off-season?
Gordon Edes (2:45 PM)
Roller, I can tell you the Red Sox haven't ruled out seeing a replay of the Teixeira scenario, where the Yanks lay low until the end and swoop in.
Dave (Waltham, MA)
Gordo-Good to have you back. Wondering what your thoughts are about the rumors of Lowell being back on the block. If they aren't able to trade him, will they have done irreparable damage given the obvious dislike he had for the writing on the wall surrounding last year's potential Texiera signing?
Gordon Edes (2:47 PM)
Dave, I'll talk about the second part of the question, since we've already addressed Mike being available in a deal. Yes, Mike was hurt last winter to hear the Red Sox wanted to dump him to make room for Teixeira, but he still was as professional as a guy could be last season. He recognizes the business side of the game.
Michele P (Rochester, NY)
I know that Mike Lowell is 35, but I don't understand shopping him before they have even signed another hard hitting first/third baseman. He can still be a productive player. Lowell is one of my favorites and I would hate to see him go. Help me understand the logic of trading him!
Gordon Edes (2:49 PM)
Staying on Lowell for just a bit more, I certainly can appreciate why you and many fans, Michele, would hate to see Mike leave. He's a class act and a winning ballplayer. But the combination of his age and the doubt that his hip will ever be 100 percent explains why the Sox are looking to move him.
Jordan Gallen (Poway Ca)
Hey I was wondering, what is the latest on Jason Bay and do you think he will resign with the Sox. If you were a GM which player would you go after Roy Halladay or Adrian Gonzalez?
Gordon Edes (2:52 PM)
Halladay or Gonzalez--a great question to pose, Jordan. Halladay gives you the AL's bets pitcher of the decade, and insurance in case you can't re-sign Josh Beckett, who is eligible for free agency next winter. Gonzalez gives you a terrific middle-of-the-order presence who with Victor Martinez could give the Red Sox next decade's version of Manny/Papi, though not quite as prolific. I think I'll defer to manager Terry Francona on this one. He didn't specifically address your either/or, but made it clear that if he can get pitching, he'll take it, every time. And Halladay probably would give the Sox their best chance at unseating the Yanks.
Leo (Albany, NY)
It seemed the Sox went into last year with the expectation that one or more of their reclamation projects would pan out in the rotation. What approach will they take this year to address the bottom of their rotation?
Gordon Edes (2:56 PM)
Leo, I think the Sox, unless they can get a top-of-the-rotation guy like Halladay or Josh Johnson, should he become available, will look at the injury risks again, just as they have in recent years with Colon, Penny, and Smoltz. That means guys like Rich Harden and Ben Sheets and Erik Bedard will all likely be discussed.
I understand its unlikely but what would a package for Agonz have to look like to get Hoyer to listen? Buccholz/Bard/Lars/WestMoreland/Kelly enough?
Gordon Edes (2:57 PM)
Man, Ben, five guys? That would be an awful lot to give up. But those are the right kind of names it would take to get it done.
google GreasyWindow (Boston)
What do you think: the Sox sign Placido Polanco and move him to short? He's not a bad player at all, and he's played there in the past.
Gordon Edes (2:58 PM)
Can't see it, gGW, Polanco's days of playing much at short are over, at least for me.
I don't know if it is just me, but investing in Hermida doesn't make much sense, what are your thoughts on picking him up?
Gordon Edes (3:01 PM)
Matt, au contraire. I thought the Hermida pickup was a good one, especially as a hedge to Bay leaving. Hermida has not matched expectations he carried in Florida, but he's young enough that a change in scenery may prove beneficial. Hey, that's all for this session, everyone--and did you hear Mauer was a near-unanimous pick for AL MVP? Read all about it on the ESPN site. Thanks for all the questions, and we'll do it all again soon.