John Farrell and Co. are starting to put their heads together to sign some players and coaches over the next few months, and rumors are starting to swirl. They hope that they can make some offseason moves to put together a winning team for the Boston Red Sox after the disastrous 2012 season.
Some of these moves are expected to happen over the next few weeks, but others have yet to be talked about.
Several teams, including the Boston Red Sox, are in discussions and the deals are said to have a deadline by Wednesday.
"We're exploring a variety of different opportunities,'' said Angels GM Jerry Dipoto.
David Ortiz may not be signed just yet, but at least both sides are talking about the situation at hand.
Peter Abraham from The Boston Globe tweeted on October 23 that reports were inaccurate and that Ortiz is not yet close to signing with the Boston Red Sox.
Told by sources on both sides that a report of Ortiz being close to a deal is not accurate.But talks are amicable. #RedSox
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) October 23, 2012
This deal should get done over the next few weeks and will be the first of many signings for this Red Sox ownership.
Also, on October 23, Peter Abraham mentioned Cody Ross in one of his tweets:
When asked about players he had reached out to, found it interesting that Farrell mentioned Cody Ross right away.#RedSox— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) October 23, 2012
This could mean that the Red Sox are strongly hoping to re-sign the outfielder as soon as possible to a long-term deal. This makes perfect sense for both sides since Ross is happy in Boston, and management has seen how great his swing is at Fenway Park.
James Loney is one of many options at first base that the Red Sox are looking at for the 2013 season, and so far it looks as if it is a 50-50 shot that he will be back after a disappointing last month or so in 2012.
Statistically, I think this is probably my worse year, as far as all my stats combined. But I think, overall, you learn from a year like this, you work to get better. It makes you better. I think that makes you better in the long run. A lot of times it was like my timing, stuff like that.
If anything, Loney could be a platoon option for another MLB team come March or April.
Nick Cafardo from The Boston Globe broke the news on October 26 that the Red Sox will be looking at the Orioles pitching coach to fill the void in 2013.
And the Orioles did grant permission to the Red Sox to interview rick peterson for pitching coach.— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) October 27, 2012