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08:18 AM ET 12.28 | The luxury tax, in part, is giving the Yankees and Red Sox pause. The Sox aren't done yet. But they're looking for low-cost moves. Some people don't like this approach, but it's rewarding I think to find gems in January (can you say Alfredo Aceves?) that turn out to really help your team. Tampa Bay does it all the time. The World Series Cardinals did it (Lance Berkman). You don't have to spend a ton to get good players. ... I think the Red Sox have been asking for [Matt Garza]. In fact, they asked for Garza as compensation for Theo Epstein. Garza is a nice fit for Boston. He'd be an excellent piece to their rotation and they know it. Not sure they have what it takes to give up in a deal, however.

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December 28, 2011  08:29 AM ET

....non-story once again about an also ran....boring......give me more rangers....24/7......

December 28, 2011  08:33 AM ET

The Cubs probably would gladly take back Hak-Ju Lee and Chris Archer that they gave up for Garza just last year. Then again last year Hendry wasn't concerned about rebuilding.

December 28, 2011  08:33 AM ET

Ok Stupid, we're working on it

December 28, 2011  08:33 AM ET

I ran into a Garza at a local flea market, the day after he pitched a no hitter, buying fishing gear for his son. I think he'd be a great pickup, but I'm not sure Theo would want to give him up as
compensation for signing with the Cubs. It will take more than that to pry him loose.

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December 28, 2011  08:57 AM ET
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I ran into a Garza at a local flea market, the day after he pitched a no hitter, buying fishing gear for his son. I think he'd be a great pickup, but I'm not sure Theo would want to give him up ascompensation for signing with the Cubs. It will take more than that to pry him loose.

I think it's a good fit. A Reddick or Kalish plus a couple of prospects to go along with the player or prospect that the Cubs would get to keep instead of having to send to Boston as compensation could get it done.

December 28, 2011  09:00 AM ET
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Problem is - not sure there is anything else the RedSox can afford to do (at this moment).

It doesn't help that they already have $28 million on the DL for next season in Lackey and Dice K.

December 28, 2011  09:32 AM ET
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It doesn't help that they already have $28 million on the DL for next season in Lackey and Dice K.

But the Red Sox have Bucholz returning too. Really there rotation is pretty much set for the top 3. Dice K is decent enough for a fill in #5 starter when Beckett makes his annual stint on the DL.

I would like to see the Sox sign Oswalt as a #4.

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December 28, 2011  09:41 AM ET

No, not Wake again. He has gone over the hill and is heading down quickly.

He not only ate innings last season, he gave up runs too often. It's time to move on.

December 28, 2011  09:41 AM ET
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Not a bad addition.... And they should bring Wakefield back for one more year as an innings eater if need be.

Wake is done Lou. He had a nice run, but it's time to say good bye.

December 28, 2011  09:44 AM ET
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Not a bad addition.... And they should bring Wakefield back for one more year as an innings eater if need be.

Not too many people in the Nation would agree with that.

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December 28, 2011  09:50 AM ET
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I think he has another year in the tank to help the Red Sox. No doubt you are right about the run and possibly saying good bye - I just don't see the Red Sox staff being solid enough in the middle innings yet to just say - let him go.

They're better off by letting a young kid like Doubront or Tazawa develop. Give these kids a chance.

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December 28, 2011  09:54 AM ET
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I know I am in the minority on this one - that's o.k. I think given what Boston has now - he isn't "worse" in the middle relief role - please - let me know who will be able to step up in Boston in that role. Just curious.

Any pitcher with an ERA south of 5.00 will work.

December 28, 2011  09:59 AM ET
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May be - I'm a bit of a softy when it comes to the only "true knuckleballer" left in the league. Dickey's is a modified version. But the youngsters deserve a spot also - we'll see if they invite Wake back for spring training...

Hey I am a big Wake fan myself. He sure bailed out the Sox on many occasions over the years, but he???s 45 years old and needs to just retire gracefully. Unless there is room for him in the rotation, being a knuckleballer makes it tough to find a role in the pen for him. You really can???t bring him with men on base, and needing a catcher who is comfortable working with him is another problem

 
December 28, 2011  10:04 AM ET
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The Cubs probably would gladly take back Hak-Ju Lee and Chris Archer that they gave up for Garza just last year. Then again last year Hendry wasn't concerned about rebuilding.

Good point. Lee is coming along nicely. Should be in AA this year. Archer struggled early last year, but finished really strong. I'm sure Theo would like to have them back.

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