Rounding up Red Sox-centric rumors for the day...
- Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels would not rule out trading two catchers (likely Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Gerald Laird) and confirmed the Red Sox approached the Rangers in July about these two catchers. Expect the Red Sox to make overtures again.
They could also check into Miguel Montero in Arizona, and I think there could be a deal there as Montero is starting-caliber but stuck behind Chris Snyder and their general manager is former Sox assistant GM Josh Byrnes, a friend of Theo. They last hooked up in a three-way trade that sent Chris Carter to Boston Arizona and Wily Mo Pena to Washington. (How's that for sexual innuendo?)
- Apparently not only was Derek Lowe interested in Boston, Boston was interested in Lowe.
According to the Boston Herald, "As recently as seven weeks ago, a return to Boston for...Lowe seemed possible, perhaps even likely."
Now, however, the Herald believes that Lowe's strong finish has priced himself out of the Red Sox's range. Lowe could get a four-year deal worth $15 million per year.
- Josh Beckett's Game Six start may go down as quite under appreciated. Beckett apparently "struggled" to put his shirt on prior to the game and would have needed another cortisone shot had the Red Sox advanced.
"The one thing I know is if I could have gotten the last three innings of that game, I can get through anything," Beckett said, according to WEEI.com.
Quite the gutsy performance by Beckett. Chris Smith, the 27-year old who saw some time with the Red Sox this season, cleared waivers and has opted to become a free agent.