Red Sox unlikely to trade for Mets' Beltran


Red Sox unlikely to trade for Mets' Beltran

By Sean McAdam

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- When Sandy Alderson was hired as general manager of the New York Mets last month, the team let the rest of baseball world know that pretty much everyone on the roster was available at the right price -- as befits a franchise that hasn't reached the postseason since 2006, despite annually carrying one of the biggest payrolls.

That list, of course, includes Carlos Beltran, who is entering the final year of his seven-year contract with the Mets, which will pay him 18.5 million.

The Mets and Red Sox have talked -- at least a little -- about Beltran, given that the Sox have made it known that they're in the market for a right-handed hitting outfielder.

But Beltran's salary and the condition of his knees are significant sticking points to a deal. Beltran underwent surgery late last offseason and later got into a squabble with the club over whether he had their approval to do so.

Beltran missed the first half of 2010 recovering from the surgery and didn't get onto the field until the start of the second half of the season. He played in 64 games and hit .255 with 7 homers and 27 RBI.

It's worth noting, however, that in limited duty against lefties (55 plate appearances), Beltra posted a 1.009 OPS. Also, he closed strongly, slugging .603 and posting a .967 OPS overall in the final month.

Scouts offered varying opinions on the condition of Beltran's knees. A longtime National League scout said: "He took a little while to get up to full speed when I saw him. He didn't have that explosive first step. But I saw him run pretty well when he had to go after some balls in the outfield."

Other evaluators were less charitable in their assessment, and inside the Red Sox organization, there are concerns about how well Beltran would hold up - even for one season. He'll turn 34 in the spring.

The Mets, who are desperate to add starting pitching, have indicated an interest in moving Beltran for Daisuke Matsuzaka, but the Red Sox aren't the least bit interested in such a swap. They feel that moving Matsuzaka, with only Tim Wakefield as an option as the replacement fifth starter, isn't something they can afford to go given their starting pitching depth.

The Sox would also reportedly insist that the Mets take back some of the remaining 18.5 million in any deal, while the Mets, who are handcuffed financially, want teams to absorb the entire salary.

A matchup between the two, then, seems highly unlikely, though sources indicate it could get revived if neither team can make other moves.

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Red Sox' seven-run rally in seventh keys 9-4 win over Rangers

Red Sox' seven-run rally in seventh keys 9-4 win over Rangers

BOSTON -- Chris Sale was perfectly happy to sit back and watch the Red Sox hitters do the work this time.

Sale cruised into the fifth inning, then was rewarded in the seventh when the Boston batters erupted for seven runs on their way to a 9-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.

Sale (5-2) struck out six, falling short in his attempt to become the first pitcher in baseball's modern era to strike out at least 10 batters in nine straight games in one season.

But he didn't seem to mind.

"It was fun," said the left-hander, who received more runs of support in the seventh inning alone than while he was in any other game this season. "You get run after run, hit after hit. When we score like that, it's fun."

Dustin Pedroia waved home the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch, then singled in two more as the Red Sox turned a 3-1 deficit into a five-run lead and earned their third straight victory. Sam Travis had two singles for the Red Sox in his major league debut.

"I was a little nervous in the first inning," he said. "I'd be lying to you guys if I said I wasn't."

Mike Napoli homered for Texas, which has lost three of four to follow a 10-game winning streak.


Sale, who also struck out 10 or more batters in eight straight games in 2015 with the White Sox, remains tied for the season record with Pedro Martinez. (Martinez had 10 straight in a span from 1999-2000.)

After scoring four runs in support of Sale in his first six starts, the Red Sox have scored 27 while he was in the game in his last five. He took a no-hitter into the fifth, but finished with three earned runs, six hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings.

"Guys pulled through for me when I was probably pretty mediocre," he said.


Sam Dyson (1-5) faced seven batters in relief of Martin Perez and gave up four hits, three walks - two intentional - and a wild pitch without retiring a batter.

"Martin threw the ball really well and I came in with two guys on and couldn't get an out," Dyson said. "Sometimes they hit them where they are, and sometimes they hit them where they aren't."

Asked if he felt any different, he said: "Everything's the same.

"If I get my (expletive) handed to me, it's not like anything's wrong," he said. "Any more amazing questions from you all?"


It was 3-1 until the seventh, when Andrew Benintendi and Travis singled with one out to chase Perez. Mitch Moreland singled to make it 3-2, pinch-hitter Josh Rutledge singled to tie it and, after Mookie Betts was intentionally walked to load the bases, Moreland scored on a wild pitch to give Boston the lead.

Pedroia singled in two more runs, Xander Bogaerts doubled and Hanley Ramirez was intentionally walked to load the bases. Dyson was pulled after walking Chris Young to force in another run.

Austin Bibens-Dirkx got Benintendi to pop up foul of first base, but Napoli let it fall safely - his second such error in the game. Benintendi followed with a sacrifice fly that made it 8-3 before Travis was called out on strikes to end the inning.


Rangers: 2B Rougned Odor was shaken up when he dived for Betts' grounder up the middle in the third inning. He was slow getting up. After being looked at by the trainer, he remained in the game.

Red Sox: LHP David Price made his second rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket, allowing six runs - three earned - seven hits and a walk. He struck out four in 3 2/3 innings, throwing 89 pitches, 61 for strikes, and left without addressing reporters. 3B Pablo Sandoval also played in the game, going 2 for 4 with two runs.

"He felt fine physically," said Red Sox manager John Farrell, who added he would talk to Price on Thursday morning to determine how to proceed. "We had a scout there who liked what he saw."


Rangers: Will send RHP Nick Martinez (1-2) to the mound in the finale of the three-game series.

Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz (3-3) looks to snap a personal two-game losing streak.

David Price dodges media after second rough rehab start

David Price dodges media after second rough rehab start

If only David Price could pitch as well as he dodges the media.

The Red Sox lefty bailed on a typical post-start media session with reporters in Pawtucket on Wednesday, after his second minor league rehab outing in Triple-A was another dud.

As Price comes back from a nondescript elbow injury, difficulty retiring minor league hitters doesn't combine well with difficulty facing questions. He sat in the mid-90s in his second rehab start with Pawtucket, but allowed six runs, three earned, in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.

The PawSox were at home at McCoy Stadium against Triple-A Louisville, a Reds affiliate, and Price heard some heckling. Postgame, he wanted to hear nothing, apparently.

Per CSNNE’s Bill Messina, who was on site in Pawtucket, the media was waiting outside the clubhouse for Price, as is standard. 

PawSox media relations told the media to go to the weight room, where Price would meet them. As media headed that way, PR alerted reporters that Price was leaving and did not want to talk. Media saw a car leaving, but there was no interview.

On the mound, Price’s velocity is there, but the command is not. The Red Sox would be unwise to bring back Price before really two more minor league starts — one to show he can do well, another to show he can repeat it.

Price’s ERA in two starts for Pawtucket is 9.53. He’s gone 5 2/3 innings and allowed six earned runs, while striking out eight and walking two overall.