The Boston Red Sox are still interested in Gavin Floyd according to Jon Paul Morosi, which we heard a couple days ago, but Over the Monster is questioning what exactly Kenny Williams would want in return, considering how depleted the organization is. Speaking of which, we have an entire org chart which will help you see just exactly what they're talking about (it's barren).
In other notes, there are growing questions and concerns around the Carl Crawford injury: Should he have had surgery sooner? Should the clubhouse have known sooner? How much will he miss? Finally, there's a David Ortiz arbitration update: they're still $4 million apart:
- Twitter / @jonmorosi - "Source: #RedSox still showing interest in Gavin Floyd. #WhiteSox"
Red Sox "Still Showing Interest" In Gavin Floyd - Over the Monster
"There has been no word about what the White Sox want, but it's Kenny Williams we're talking about: trying to guess is probably a futile exercise. What we do know, though, is that the White Sox farm system is nearly bereft of talent. They might be in the market for quantity over quality, a notion that means Boston might be able to send more lottery tickets to Chicago, rather than one big one. It's not a guarantee, of course, but likely is something that would be explored."
Boston Red Sox Complete Organizational Chart - MLB Daily Dish
Rosters, Salaries, Leadership, and Prospects for the entire Boston org.
Ben Cherington defends Carl Crawford diagnosis - Scott Lauber | BostonHerald.com
"Cherington said Crawford’s wrist was "asymptomatic" when the season ended, so there was no reason for the Sox’ medical staff to recommend surgery. It wasn’t until Crawford resumed hitting two weeks ago that he felt more discomfort in his wrist."
‘Different situation’ awaits Ryan Lavarnway in spring training - Alex Speier | WEEI
"He is aware of the likelihood that the team will open the year with Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Kelly Shoppach as its two catchers. Regardless, the 24-year-old masher — who hit .290 with a .376 OBP, .563 slugging mark, .939 OPS and 32 homers for Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket while hitting .231 with a .718 OPS and two homers in 43 plate appearances in the majors..."
David Ortiz will be ready to take on Sox in arbitration - Scott Lauber | BostonHerald.com
"If a settlement isn’t reached, a hearing will be scheduled between Feb. 1-20 in St. Petersburg, Fla. At that point, Ortiz and the Red Sox will make their cases before a panel of arbitrators, who will decide on whether Ortiz makes $12.65 million or $16.5 million. The panel isn’t allowed to select a midpoint."
Questions strike ’12 - Steve Buckley | BostonHerald.com
"The Red Sox? They have a front three of Jon Lester [stats], Josh Beckett [stats] and Clay Buchholz, and those guys were looking good when spring training began last year. But Lester dipped some from his stellar 2010 season, and Buchholz suffered a back injury and didn’t appear in a game after June 16. As for Beckett, he looked to be out of shape as the season lumbered into that fateful September, with their one-time World Series hero contributing just one win after Aug. 31."