Lucchino said the team would prefer to stick to last season’s philosophy of signing players to higher annual salaries but for a shorter length of time. That philosophy cost them Ruiz. They offered him a two-year deal before Philadelphia swooped in and re-signed for three years and an option. The Red Sox also offered McCann less than five years.
The Red Sox are also pursuing outfielder Carlos Beltran, but don’t appear inclined to offer more than three years and would prefer two years.
Cherington is still trying to negotiate with Mike Napoli while Corey Hart, a righthanded hitter who was hurt all of last season with Milwaukee, could also be in the picture at first base or the outfield.
“We’ve had a number of conversations,” Cherington said. “It’s no secret that one area where we have depth is the rotation, that’s what other teams are sorting out. That’s getting more clear. I don’t know what it means for us. We know we don’t have to be compelled to do anything there because our supposed surplus could turn into nothing quickly.”
Cafardo also notes the the Red Sox actually extended McCann an offer less the five years. I wonder what the annual salary would have been? If I were to guess, I'd say Cherington offered four years, $65-million.
With McCann going to the Yankees, the Sox still seem to be involved with Carlos Beltran. Don't expect the offer to exceed two years. I'd guess his contract offer would be two-years $28-million, with maybe an option year.
The other name that's interesting here is Corey Hart. I had him pegged as a Sox target (in my head at least). Hart could be added as Napoli insurance or even as an outfielder if Napoli is retained.
Let's hope the hot stove starts cooking soon. It's been rather slow so far heading into Thanksgiving.
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