Just talked to a source who seems to agree with most of the conventional thinking that’s floating around. He sees the Yankees going after Johnny Damon but letting Hideki Matsui slide, he sees Andy Pettitte as an early key to the Yankees offseason, and he’d rather keep Phil Hughes and give up Joba Chamberlain in a trade for Roy Halladay.
It’s not breaking new ground, just another guy in the business who shares some common opinions.
Just a few very small Red Sox notes because folks like to keep tabs on Boston (but mostly because Terry Francona just addressed the media).
• Francona was asked about keeping track of the Yankees in the offseason: “They’ve got a couple of things that make life difficult for us. They’ve got a lot of money, and they have smart people deciding what they’re doing.”
• Francona has talked to Jason Bay this winter, but much like Joe Girardi talking to the Yankees free agents, Francona has kept the conversations casual and hasn’t asked about Bay’s plans.
• Someone asked if the Red Sox are interested in Hideki Matsui: “Where would we put him?” Francona said.
• Daisuke Matsuzaka will prepare the same as always, for a role in the rotation with Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, Tim Wakefield and Clay Buchholz. “We like our starters,” Francona said. “At the same time, we have to be realistic enough to know you need more than five.” Next in line for the Red Sox would be Michael Bowden and Junichi Tazawa.
• In one of the more bizarre moments I’ve seen, someone in the back of the pack asked Francona if the Red Sox would play Marco Scutaro at second and Dustin Pedroia at short. Francona responded with, “Why?” and the guy said because Pedroia might have better range. That drew a how-do-you-respond-to-that type response, and when someone from MLB asked to see the reporter’s credentials, the guy mumbled and left the room. I honestly believe it was someone who just happened to wander into the room.