Thursday, November 11, 2010

Boston Red Sox Buck Up...Veterans Day

Gordon Edes, who writes for ESPN Boston, among others, has the scoop on who the Boston Red Sox will seek just in case their catcher, Victor Martinez, lands with another club via the free agency route. Here is the release...

BOSTON -- "The Red Sox are expected to be aggressive in their pursuit of free-agent catcher John Buck in the likely event that Victor Martinez signs elsewhere, according to two baseball sources.
The Red Sox, according to one of the sources, expect the Detroit Tigers to make a major push for Martinez, who could share catching duties with second-year man Alex Avila while also sharing first-base and DH duties with Miguel Cabrera. The Baltimore Orioles also have significant interest, and the Texas Rangers are expected to be among the bidders, too.
Buck, 30, was an All-Star for the first time this past season for the Blue Jays, with whom he signed a one-year, $2 million free-agent deal last winter. Buck hit 20 home runs, tying Martinez for third-most among big league catchers, and he was one of eight catchers (minimum 300 plate appearances) with an OPS of .800 or better. Buck, who batted .266, walked just 16 times."

It was nice while Victor was around. He was a clutch hitter who cemented the middle of an injury-plagued lineup and was more than capable behind the plate. Let's hope John Buck can be as good. His stats look good. Come to think of it, Theo should visit Carl Crawford. He's a left fielder with no peers and can steal a base with the best of them. You see, JD Drew can become a free agent after this season. Having Carl playing the Green Monster would be a dream to witness.

I want to thank all the brave souls who served their country with dedication and selflessness. Some came home, some came back draped in the American flag. We owe you SO much. It's Veteran's Day and we honor you. Thank you for your sacrifices, your hardships and your love of country, the greatest in the world. God Bless. To my Constant Readers, click on this post's title for a Veteran's Day salute. It's about the soldiers in Iraq COMING HOME. I cried. Click on this post's title and put your sound on and maybe grab a couple pieces of Kleenex. As always, be well.


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