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Boston shying away from Kuroda, Oswalt

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08:30 AM ET 01.03 | Yet again, Boston may pick a less costly alternative. According to multiple major league sources, the Red Sox have remained interested in free agent pitcher Hiroki Kuroda. The cost for the 36-year-old, however, figures to be out of the Sox' price range unless the team makes another move to attain payroll flexibility. ... The Red Sox' unwillingness to currently expand their payroll to include Kuroda -- who is reportedly looking for a deal which would pay him in the vicinity of at least $12-$13 million per season on a one- or two-year deal -- would suggest the team might be taking a similar approach to free agent starter Roy Oswalt. It has been reported that the 34-year-old is willing to take a one-year deal in the right situation.

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January 3, 2012  09:22 AM ET

There's nothing shy about the Red Sox.

January 3, 2012  09:27 AM ET

Boston needs at least one more starter, or a bullpen gem who can bump Aceves into the lineup. If they're trying to creative rather than just buy their way out of the situation, it's going to be interesting. But they have advertised they're not going to be making big purchases this winter, and so far they've held true to form.

January 3, 2012  09:44 AM ET

I wouldn't mind if the Yankees made Oswalt an offer if the price is right. That seems to be their mode of operation lately....getting guys that don't exactly have a lot of leverage negotiating but may have a little life left in the arm.

January 3, 2012  09:55 AM ET

Neither is a good choice for Boston during their rebuilding.

January 3, 2012  10:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Neither is a good choice for Boston during their rebuilding.

The Red Sox would like to build some pitching depth but not at the 1 yr salaries those 2 would command.

January 3, 2012  11:19 AM ET

Ace should not be in the rotation, though his ability out of the pen makes it tempting to think he could do it.

January 3, 2012  11:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Boston needs at least one more starter, or a bullpen gem who can bump Aceves into the lineup. If they're trying to creative rather than just buy their way out of the situation, it's going to be interesting. But they have advertised they're not going to be making big purchases this winter, and so far they've held true to form.

The farm system is pretty well wiped out by now it seems. Nothing to trade and have anything left.
They did get one player, around 36th , in BBA top 50 prospects. FA is the only way they can go now.

January 3, 2012  11:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Boston needs at least one more starter, or a bullpen gem who can bump Aceves into the lineup. If they're trying to creative rather than just buy their way out of the situation, it's going to be interesting. But they have advertised they're not going to be making big purchases this winter, and so far they've held true to form.

Well said.
The Sox don't need/want to pay big money to pitchers in their mid-thirties, expecially with some arm issues in Oswalt's case.
They are sticking to their plan apparently, expecting to find some value in Free Agents as spring training gets closer and agents get anxious.
I like their approach so far, and wouldn't be surprised if a fairly big trade happens; Youk and Ellsbury are possible bait (Ellsbury is about to become a free agent as he approaches 30, not a bad time to pull in some serious younger talent for him).

January 3, 2012  12:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The Red Sox would like to build some pitching depth but not at the 1 yr salaries those 2 would command.

I agree but they better get aggressive

January 3, 2012  12:30 PM ET

the red sox aren't going to spend big at all this year, but if they really need pitching they really have to turn in the free agent market, their minor system got thin and it will take a long time before they could have a decent farm system!!

January 3, 2012  12:38 PM ET

luxury tax? the payroll to high? it seems as if the red sox are doing the same thing as the yankees are, both teams got tagged by the luxury tax but its the first time that both teams are really complaining!!!

January 3, 2012  12:49 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I agree but they better get aggressive

Agressive with who? There is nothing out there but overpriced crap in this years free agent pitching market. Save your money, next year looks a lot more promissing.

January 3, 2012  01:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I agree but they better get aggressive

since there its practically nothing good in the open market, i think the best way to get a quality pitcher, that would be through trades ellbury would be the right player to trade, but the question its, are the red sox are willing to trade their top hitter??

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January 3, 2012  03:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

A Yankees fan claiming the Sox are rebuilding. :P Injuries and bad chemistry derailed the Sox last year. They're going to swap out a couple of cogs, but this was a team that led the division for a large chunk of the season. To imply that they're in rebuild mode is wishful thinking. They're just tweaking a few things.

Amen, brother.
The Yankees wish the Sox were rebuilding!

January 3, 2012  04:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Amen, brother.The Yankees wish the Sox were rebuilding!

Based on results the last two years, the Yankees hope the Red Sox just keep on doing what they have been doing.

January 3, 2012  04:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Agressive with who? There is nothing out there but overpriced crap in this years free agent pitching market. Save your money, next year looks a lot more promissing.

exactly. The choices this year would not even be on any ones B list next year.

January 4, 2012  07:42 AM ET
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The farm system is pretty well wiped out by now it seems. Nothing to trade and have anything left.They did get one player, around 36th , in BBA top 50 prospects. FA is the only way they can go now.

Right, besides Middlebrooks and to a lesser extent lavarnway, thats about it. Pitching prospects are seaons away if they get there at all

January 4, 2012  09:46 AM ET

After paying for high priced talent that does not get it done, Owner john henry has told his GM to cut payroll and get the best money ball player available at discount proces this is a shift for Sox and underscores that Henry does no tyet trust his new GM with the big bucks

 
January 4, 2012  12:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Based on results the last two years, the Yankees hope the Red Sox just keep on doing what they have been doing.

And the BoSox hope the Yankees keep on doing the same--neither has dominated.

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