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Ichiro and other considerations

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  December 4, 2012 04:05 PM

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NASHVILLE, Tenn — Have received a lot of reaction to a tweet about Ichiro Suzuki being a fit for the Red Sox in right field since they’re seeking a lefthanded bat. Ichiro can still run (he stole 29 bases) and is still a superb defender. And he can throw.

Some have mentioned him not being good in a clubhouse, but that was toward the end in Seattle when things weren’t going well. He was well-received and well-liked in New York. The other downer is his age, but while he’s not the 200-hit guy he used to be, he’s still a very good player. He wouldn’t be a bad one- or two-year bridge guy.

Also:

Jason Kubel, a 30-homer guy in Arizona could be available in a deal with the Diamondbacks, but not sure the Red Sox match up with them. D-Backs are looking for a shortstop/third baseman/ starting pitcher …

I’ve been writing for some time that Kyle Lohse has been on Boston’s radar. He seems to be an excellent fit …

Alfredo Aceves will be in Boston’s bullpen, but not as a closer. He also won’t be a starter and that’s not going to go over well with Aceves …

The Jarrod Saltalamacchia market seems to exist, but if he’s not dealt, there could be a scenario where he’ll have to play some first base …

The Yankees appear to be in on Kevin Youkilis to play third now that A-Rod is out for half a year. We’ll see how that goes. The Phillies and Indians (first base) also have interest.

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