One day after news broke that the Red Sox had placed Adrian Gonzalez on trade waivers, multiple reports have the Dodgers being awarded a waiver claim for him.
The Dodgers reportedly had interest in Gonzalez at the MLB trade deadline, but the Red Sox weren't willing to do a deal at that time.
Now, the Sox have three options within 48 hours:
1. They can pull Gonzalez off waivers and go about business as usual with the team.
2. They can say bye to Gonzalez and let him and his entire contract go to Los Angeles.
3. They can try to work out a trade with the Dodgers for him.
The 30-year-old Gonzalez is hitting .300 this year with 15 home runs and 86 RBI in 123 games -- a down year by his standards. He's also got over 125 million left over six seasons.
The Red Sox may have just been gauging the market for Gonzalez by placing him on trade waivers, with the idea of trading him over the offseason, or perhaps they're looking to rebuild much sooner than anybody thought.
Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times was first to report on this.
Sean McAdam will have much more.
Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis.
Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time.
The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.
Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball.
Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer. And…
US ambassador to Japan?
Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a WEEI.com report.
The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons.
When asked by the New York Daily News if he's being considered for the post, Valentine responded: "I haven't been contacted by anyone on Trump's team."
Would he be interested?
"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.
Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, sources told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford.
Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California.