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McAdam at the GM Meetings: Market prices rising

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McAdam at the GM Meetings: Market prices rising

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein noted Tuesday that deals in baseball don't happen in a vacuum and that what one team does (or offers) can impact every other.

It's basic supply and demand.

Then, as if on cue, one deal and one reported offer hit home for the Red Sox Wednesday.

First, the Detroit Tigers signed set-up reliever Joaquin Benoit to a three-year, 16.5 million deal, seemingly setting the bar high for the crowd of bullpen candidates the Red Sox have been eying.

After Benoit's deal, Scott Downs, Jason Frasor and others will be looking for more than they might have initially.

That likely means that the Sox will wait a bit, since Benoit's deal is likely to up the asking price for relievers in the same category.

''Every signing that comes up that's probably higher than anticipated,'' said Epstein, ''just means most clubs . . . will wait.''

Secondly, ESPNDeportes reported that the Oakland A's offered free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre a five-year, 65 million deal. Beltre's agent, Scott Boras, continued to tell some here that Beltre might eventually land a five-year, 85 million deal.

Oakland's emergence as a major player in the Beltre Sweepstakes should not come as a surprise. Last year, the A's offered Beltre more than the Red Sox -- reportedly a three-year deal worth approximately 30 million -- but Beltre ultimately chose the Sox over the A's in an effort to rebuild his value.

Also, general manager Billy Beane has lots of money coming off the books this winter, with deals for Eric Chavez, Ben Sheets and others freeing up about 30 million.

Beltre, who lives on the West Coast in the offseason and played his first 11 years in the big leagues there (first Los Angeles, then Seattle), would reportedly like to play closer to home.

But Oakland-Alameda County Stadium is one of the worst hitter's ballparks in the majors and the atmosphere is probably the worst in the American League. Also, though the A's boast a promising young pitching staff, their prospects for winning the division and leapfrogging over both Texas -- the defending A.L. champs -- and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim -- intent on improving by making at least one big splash in free agency -- would seem weak.

It's highly unlikely the Red Sox would go to five years for Beltre, who has been inconsistent over his career. Moreover, the way the long-term deal given to Mike Lowell sputtered over the final year-and-a-half will give them additional pause. Lowell was 33 when he signed that deal following the 2007 season; Beltre will turn 32 next spring.

If Beltre wants a five-year deal and is intent on playing for a West Coast team, it's hard to see where he might find other offers. The Angels,who might otherwise make some sense, are said to be entirely focused on outfielder Carl Crawford and it's doubtful they would be willing to give two deals of five years (or in Crawford's case, longer) in the same offseason.

The San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers can't afford Beltre, and the San Francisco Giants want to get Pablo Sandoval back in shape to man third base.

That leaves only Seattle, and it's unlikely that Beltre or the Mariners would want to renew a relationship that worked for neither over five seasons.

Meanwhile, although a more likely scenario should the Sox need to replace Beltre at third would be to move Kevin Youkilis back there and find a first baseman elsewhere, Epstein opened the door to the possibility of Jed Lowrie taking over at third.

"He's a really good third baseman,'' Epstein said of Lowrie. "I think he's better at third than he is at second. He's got tremendous range. He looks natural over there and his arm really plays well at third. He makes all the plays at the limits of his range, maybe more so than he does in the middle of the infield at shortstop or second base.

"Again, Beltre is our first choice at third. Youkilis is a solid option if there's a first baseman that fits for us and then Lowrie falls into the category we discussed Tuesday -- one of the not fully-proven younger players who really like and can build value and we're going to count on one position or another moving forward.''

Sean McAdam can be reached at smcadam@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sean on Twitter at http:twitter.comsean_mcadam

Tanguay: I officially hate the Red Sox

Tanguay: I officially hate the Red Sox


I hope the Red Sox lose every game the rest of season, except when Chris Sale pitches, and have no shot at the post season.

I hate them, I hate them, I hate them. What a bunch of babies!

Are they a professional sports organization or a pre-school? Right now they seem to be the latter, which makes them the highest valued pre-school, at 2.7 billion, in the history of pre-K academia.

When I read my friend Rob Bradford’s report that a source told him Dustin Pedroia was not near David Price when the crybaby lefty went after Dennis Eckersley on the team plane, I said, “ENOUGH!”

I yelled with the same tone I scream at my kids when they are fighting over something stupid.

I believe Rob Bradford, always have an always will. I also believe what Fred Toucher had to say on CSN this morning when he was told Dusty Two Sacks (Fred’s term) was one of the Price-ettes when they verbally mugged Eck. 

This is what happens with my kids. One says the other did it, then the other says the other did it. Well, you get the idea. Then I simply declare, “You’re all guilty.” I don’t care who hit whom when or took whatever from whom just like I don’t care if Pedroia was cheering on the abuse of Eck or not. 

THEY ARE ALL GUILTY.

John Henry should be ashamed of the way his team has behaved. These grown men have all been acting like petulant children. I have seen plenty of immaturity over the years with the four local teams, but nothing like this.

One person, who is with the team on a regular basis, told me there is nothing to like about the players on this team. The inmates are running the asylum and playing the role of McMurphy is David Price. 

What a gutless, immature, little child. Is it any surprise that he wets his pants in the playoffs? Give him some Pampers for the post season, maybe that will help. 

Price claims to stand up for his teammates, which is bull. This guy is all about himself. His so-called sticking up for his mates has resulted in a media firestorm and finger-pointing in the clubhouse.

“Pedroia you were there.”

“No way, I wasn’t there.”

You know what Boston Red Sox? I wish you weren’t here at all.

Rangers' Darvish has Red Sox on no-trade list

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Rangers' Darvish has Red Sox on no-trade list

Not that they need him -- they have other, far more pressing needs than starting pitching -- but the Red Sox couldn't get Yu Darvish, the subject of trade rumors with the deadline approaching, even if they wanted to.

Per Ken Rosenthal:

Interesting that last year's two World Series participants, the Cubs and Indians, are with the Red Sox on Darvish's no-trade list, which indicates he made these decisions based on factors other than chasing a ring.

The Sox' biggest worry, of course, is that the Rangers will trade Darvish to the Yankees, who are short of starting pitching. But the talk more and more is that Texas -- light years behind Houston in the A.L. West race but only 4 1/2 games back of Kansas City for the second wild-card spot -- will hold onto its ace right-hander at least until the end of the season.