Interesting tweet by the Chicago Tribune's Phil Rogers that there has been some discussion about a Kosuke Fukudome-Daisuke Matsuzaka Cubs-Red Sox swap that would include other parts. The Cubs have some horrible contracts, including outfielder Fukudome, who is owed $26.5 million over the next two years. Matsuzaka is owed $20 million over two years.
I wrote in October about a decent market for Matsuzaka if the Sox chose to move on. Matsuzaka has a full no-trade clause, but the feeling is he could OK an escape out of Boston. Fukudome also has a no-trade. The trade would also allow the Red Sox to pursue a free agent pitcher.
The discussion doesn't make sense if the team is considering Jayson Werth or Carl Crawford, though it could use an outfielder like Jacoby Ellsbury in a deal for Adrian Gonzalez.
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Outside of Curt Young replacing John Farrell as pitching coach, the rest of the Red Sox coaching staff should return, unless DeMarlo Hale gets the Mets managerial job.
Ron Johnson, who missed a couple of months to deal with a family emergency, will return to the Sox coaching staff. Tim Bogar, Gary Tuck, and Dave Magadan also are expected back.
If Hale, who was scheduled to interview with the Mets today, should land the managing job, a couple of names to keep in mind as potential coaching additions would be Tim Leiper and Ken Macha. Leiper once coached the Sarasota Red Sox in 2003, but had a great season managing the Jacksonville Suns, the Double A affiliate of the Marlins. He has a relationship with Terry Francona. Macha, recently let go by the Brewers, would qualify as a Hale replacement as a bench coach.
The Red Sox also have their Triple A managing job up for grabs. Hmmm, Ryne Sandberg is looking for a job . . .