Buyers or sellers? What will the Red Sox be at the trade deadline?
After listening to Joe Haggerty debate with Steve Buckley about "pulling the chute" and ridding the roster of "those miserable veterans", Gary Tanguay had had enough.
"Hold the phone. Get off the ledge, pal," Tanguay said. "Because let me tell you right now: When they get Jacoby Ellsbury back . . . I don't know what's going to happen with Carl Crawford, but when the get the entire lineup healthy, they can still make a run."
"Absolutely," chimed in Dan Shaughnessy.
But Tanguay does have his worries.
"My concern is: Whining with the umpires. Chaos in the clubhouse," he said. "Will those factors derail this club before they get healthy enough to make a charge?"
Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.
FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal.
Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016.
The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.
More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.