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December 8, 11:00 AM ET
Chat with ESPNBoston's Gordon Edes

ESPNBoston.com
  (11:13 AM)

Hello everyone and welcome to today's winter meetings chat wot Gordon Edes!

ESPNBoston.com
  (11:13 AM)

Gordon is having a little computer trouble but will be with us shortly ... stay tuned.

ESPNBoston.com
  (11:22 AM)

Gordon has just logged on and should be with us shortly

Gordon Edes
  (11:29 AM)

Hi and sorry for the delay....I think it may have been wireless overload in the press room....Too many groundless rumors sent at once can blow out any system. In any event, on with the show

Bill Gates (Bellevue, Wash)

Hey Gordon, I saw you were having some computer problems last night too. Maybe its time to dump the Mac and get your self a PC. And follow it up with some promising Red Sox news from Indy!

Gordon Edes
  (11:31 AM)

Bill, I think you got your computers reversed. In any event, I'm awaiting the arrival of my ESPN-issue computer, but in the meantime, the Red Sox news here probably will develop slowly. Sox knew they would have competition for Bay, so I don't see that they're being forced into making a quicker decision than they otherwise would have. I think both Bay and Matt Holliday will be courting offers right up until Christmas, and in Holliday's case, probably beyond.

Chuck (Boston)

With the Tiger news all over the place. Player indiscretions on the road are not considered news, correct?

Gordon Edes
  (11:34 AM)

Chuck, not the way I conduct business. Players are entitled to their private lives, which remain private unless something either directly impacts their performance or attracts the attention of the authorities. If someone showed up at the ballpark hungover, e.g., that has to get reported. But players have to know now that anything they do could easily end up on someone's cellphone, posted on the Internet, wind up in the tabloids, etc.

Jody G (Nashua NH)

Wouldn't it make more sense for the Red Sox to sign Lackey and Bay/Holliday and save their prospects for a run at King Felix and/or Gonzalez/Cabrera?

Gordon Edes
  (11:37 AM)

Jody, unless the Red Sox are deking me, I don't see them as a player for Lackey. Too much money, too many years for a player who has had arm trouble in the past, though he has the makeup of a guy who could handle Fenway. The Sox are trying to sign Bay, could turn to Holliday, would love nothing more than to trade for Hernandez (not happening), don't match up well on Cabrera, and will push the Padres to consider a deal for Gonzalez.

Efrain Arias (Norton, MA )

Hey Edes. So i hear all this talk about how the sox need a 30+ hr guy. And i dont really agree with this idea. Having V-mart all year and scutaro at short i think that the lineup has improve from last year no matter who they throw in LF as long as they can bat 270 20 hr. I been looking at the OF free agent market and i see there isnt much out there. But Someone like Marlon Byrd looks good. would require a lot less money and years than a Jason Bay would. And i think that it would give us a pretty strong line up. ANd would also allow us to keep fantasizing about A. Gone and M. Cabrera scenarios

Gordon Edes
  (11:41 AM)

Efrain, if the Bay/Holliday market goes beyond a point that the Sox are comfortable with, they will look at secondary alternatives, though as you acknowledge, the pickings are slim. I disagree that the lineup would be better without a Bay or Holliday, but making a Gonzalez deal would go a long way toward solving the offensive questions. Wouldn't count on it, though

Rod (Cranston)

Are the Red Sox going to do ANYHTHING, or will this be a repeat of last year's off season, with retreads being the only additions?

Gordon Edes
  (11:44 AM)

Rod,Scutaro is not a big name but he's not a retread, either, and while he may not match the offensive numbers he posted in Toronto last season, he stabilizes the Sox at an important position. By the end of the week, there's every chance the Sox will be coming home without making a major move, but the signing/trading season doesn't end Thursday. Patience, my man, patience.

Dan (Needham)

We hear alot about "payroll flexibility" from Theo Epstein, while he is bringing in the Kotsays, smoltz', pennys of the world- when does "payroll flexibility" manifest itself INTO A PLAYER?? And at what point do we stop worshipping at the altar of a GM who has reduced payroll and talent off his team every year since re-negotiating his contract?

Gordon Edes
  (11:48 AM)

Dan, Ninety-five wins a year, postseason appearances in six of the last seven seasons....deals/signings for Ortiz, Schilling, Foulke, Martinez, Bay, supplemented by a farm system producing Ellsbury, Pedroia, Buchholz, Bard.....I'm not into GM-worship, but that strikes me as a pretty good track record.

brandon (commonwealth of california)

can the sox afford to lose bays bat? are there any big bats available after next season?

Gordon Edes
  (11:52 AM)

It would be a real hit...the Sox would have to make up for that loss of offense someplace, and a Hermida/(fill-in-the-blank) platoon leaves something to be desired. Joe Mauer, perhaps Albert Pujols, Derrek Lee are among the bats that could be out there next winter.

Bryan (Bryant University, RI)

Hey Gordo, Do you think that the Red Sox should factor in having a full season of Victor when considering the Bay negotiations? Specifically, should they try to build a platoon in left field (e.g. Gary Matthews Jr., Vlad, Nady, or Sheff) and instead focus on sure-ing up the rest of their roster by signing a platoon type third basemen (e.g. Crede) and starting pitching (e.g. Garland, Harden, or Lackey)?

Gordon Edes
  (11:54 AM)

Bryan, an interesting breakdown on your part. I haven't heard much talk about a third base platoon, but as we discussed earlier, a left-field combo is possible and the Sox are definitely in the market for more pitching.

Gordon Edes
  (11:55 AM)

OK, everyone, time for me to make some lobby rounds in search of some new tidbits. Thanks, and we'll do this again tomorrow.