Baseball notebook: Red Sox have money to make deals
Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington is heading to baseball's winter meetings in Nashville with his pockets bulging from the $250 million he saved in the deal that sent Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Spending all that money might be the hard part.
In an off-year for big-ticket free agents, the Red Sox will probably not be able to rebuild last year's 93-loss fiasco into a contender just from the players on this year's market. Right-hander Zack Greinke and outfielder Josh Hamilton are expected to be the biggest prizes when baseball's annual winter bazaar opens in Nashville on Monday.
“It's not difficult to find things to spend it on. It's difficult to find the right things to spend it on,” Cherington said at the Red Sox holiday festival at Fenway Park on Saturday. “Maybe there are fewer of those (high-profile free agents) than in other years. Maybe it doesn't feel like last offseason. But there will still be headlines; there will still be deals.”
Cherington said he was paying even more attention this winter to signing the right kind of player, the ones who have an attitude — and not just a swing — tailored for Fenway Park. Beckett, Gonzalez and Crawford are gone from the clubhouse that blew an unprecedented September lead in 2011 and then finished last in '12.
“I think our fans want a winning team, and they want a winning team year after year. They want a team they can root for and get behind,” Cherington said. “It's always been a focus. Coming off a 93-loss season, we've got a lot to prove. We're trying to build something.”
New manager John Farrell and his coaching staff should smooth out some of the problems that arose under Bobby Valentine's 10-month reign, Cherington said, but “the players in the clubhouse have a bigger impact on that than anyone else.”
Outfielder Jonny Gomes, who agreed to a two-year deal around Thanksgiving that was announced Saturday.
Rays, Brewers make deal
The Rays traded right-handed reliever Burke Badenhop to the Brewers for outfielder Raul Mondesi Jr.
Badenhop turns 30 on Feb. 8. He was 3-2 with a 3.03 ERA in 66 games last season. He has been a reliever for the last three seasons and is 16-17 with two saves and a 4.08 ERA in with the Marlins and Rays.
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