The Cubs still would move Matt Garza. While he’s on schedule to start the season after an elbow injury, it may be that teams want to watch him in spring training before executing a deal. What Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer would want in return is what could nix things. The Cubs are trying to build their young talent depth, and there are players such as Bogaerts and Bradley Jr. that the Red Sox won’t part with.
The Marlins likely would deal Ricky Nolasco for the right price, but he’s a middle-to-end-of-the rotation starter.
There’s always Gavin Floyd with the White Sox, though the Red Sox could shoot higher, for John Danks.
The Dodgers, who have hit the jackpot by signing Zack Greinke and Ryu Hyun-Jin, will make lefty Chris Capuano available. The Red Sox tried to deal for him during the September collapse of 2011, but according to a major league source, the Sox had not approached the Dodgers about him.
The West Springfield native had a decent year for the Dodgers, going 12-12 with a 3.72 ERA and a very good 1.22 WHIP in 198⅓ innings.
The Mets would deal the top two pitchers in their rotation, Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey and veteran lefthander Johan Santana. The Red Sox have talked to the Mets about Dickey. The Mets would have to eat the majority of Santana’s $25.5 million salary (and $5.5 million buyout) to deal him, and they appear willing to do that.
The Indians could consider deals for Justin Masterson or Ubaldo Jimenez, but it would be costly.
Otherwise, the Red Sox will have to consider free agents such as Shaun Marcum, Francisco Liriano, Carl Pavano, Chien-Ming Wang, Carlos Zambrano, Carlos Villanueva, and Derek Lowe. It doesn’t appear Ryan Dempster or Brett Myers want to (or in Myers’s case, can) pitch in Boston.
There are in-house choices such as Franklin Morales, Alfredo Aceves, Junichi Tazawa, and Andrew Miller. Rubby De La Rosa, acquired from the Dodgers, has an outside shot, as does Allen Webster, the other pitcher in that deal.
The Red Sox have trade bait in Jacoby Ellsbury and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, but so far the market for Saltalamacchia hasn’t been great and the Ellsbury situation is difficult because of his signability problem.
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The Phillies were scouting Cody Ross last summer and are interested in him again. He’d be a nice fit at Citizens Bank Park.