Ben Cherington’s Cell Phone is Due to Catch Fire

Ben For a baseball GM like Ben Cherington, there is no sleeping with just about 48 hours left before the trade deadline.  There are big names still out there for the Red Sox: starting pitchers such as Jake Peavy and Cliff Lee, relief pitcher Matt Lindstrom, and utility infielder Michael Young. Buckle up Red Sox fans, as the next day and a half will fly by with endless (correct and incorrect) rumors. Here is a brief breakdown of the four biggest names linked to the Red Sox at this very moment.

Cliff Lee (34 years old, free agent after ’15, or ’16 depending on vesting option). This left handed pitcher needs no introduction. He has been one of the most consistent pitchers over the last few years. In 2013 he is 10-4 with a 3.05 ERA in 20 games with the Phillies. Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. is asking a large sum for his prized pitcher. The biggest hurdle in the talks will be the roughly $70 million left on his contract.

Jake Peavy (32 years old, free agent at end of ’14). The often injured 2007 Cy Young Award winner has had another year fighting through injuries but has pitched fairly well in his limited time. In 2013 he is 8-4 with a 4.28 ERA in 13 games with the White Sox. He was projected to be traded almost indefinitely, although now it seems that the White Sox would like to keep him and build around him. This may or may not be posturing by the White Sox however.

Matt Lindstrom (33 years old, free agent at end of ’13) This right handed relief pitcher is 2-3 with a 3.35 ERA in 50 games out of the bullpen for the White Sox. Lindstrom would be an interesting and effective addition to the Red Sox pen and would lighten the load on pitchers such as Junichi Tazawa, Pedro Beato, and Jose De La Torre.

Michael Young (36 years old, free agent at end of ’13) This right handed utility infielder would provide solid depth at third and first although his defense is regressing quite heavily. This season Young is hitting .277/.342/.402 with 7 home runs. Young would solidify another right handed hitter in the lineup and allow the Red Sox to have fall back options on their current fleet of young talent at third.

These players represent only a fraction of the players that are out there as possible options for the Red Sox. Word is Lindstrom and Young are the two most likely options, but Lee and Peavy are obtainable if the Red Sox decide to bet a part of the farm system on them. Come Wednesday night the picture will be completely clear. At which time I am sure Ben Cherington will be purchasing a new cell phone battery.

Tyler Moore-MLB Contributor- Title Town Sports


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