Cesar Izturis, shortstop: Instead of agreeing to play in the minors, Izturis became a free agent with no plan of returning to the Nationals after Washington chose him when the Brewers waived him. It’s highly unlikely he’d be a better alternative for the Red Sox than prospect Jose Iglesias.
Free agent possibilities for the Red Sox
The Red Sox kept David Ortiz from hitting the open market for free agents by signing him to a two-year deal. Boston also picked up free agents Shane Victorino and Jonny Gomes. But the Red Sox still have question marks and are also in need of some pitching. The team may or may not make a big splash (we all know what happened with Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez), but there are some names, both big and small, that may interest them on the market. Check out some of the free agents the Red Sox may scout for 2013.
<b>Adam LaRoche, first base: </b>LaRoche, who was with the Red Sox briefly in 2009, finished last season with a .271 average, 22 home runs and 100 RBIs for the Nationals. LaRoche declined his mutual option with Washington and was officially declared a free agent Nov. 1.
<b>Edwin Jackson, starting pitcher: </b>Jackson was 10-11 last season for the Washington Nationals with a 4.03 ERA. The 29-year-old played on the World Series-winning Cardinals in 2011, pitched 189 2/3 innings last season on a one-year, $11 million deal, but the Nationals did not make a qualifying offer for him.
<b>Michael Bourn, center field: </b>Listed as the best center fielder in the market, Bourn will draw the attention of numerous teams. Last year, he had a .274 average with 9 homers and 57 RBIs.
<b>Kyle Lohse, starting pitcher: </b> While he will probably stay with a National League team, Lohse had a solid season last year with St. Louis. He had 16 wins and only 3 losses with a 2.86 ERA.
<b>A.J. Pierzynski, catcher: </b> He wants to stay in Chicago, but if the White Sox won't put up the money for him, Texas could. He averaged .278 with 27 homers and 77 RBIs last season.
<b>Nick Swisher, right field: </b>After spending the last four years with the Yankees, Swisher might have some trouble fitting in Red Sox fans’ hearts, but he’d fit a need. Swisher has been consistent, with 20 or more homers every season since 2005 and at least 69 RBIs each of those seasons as well. He hit 24 homers and had 93 RBIs with a .272 average last season. Swisher can also play first base.
<b>Carlos Pena, first base:</b> In 2012, his 12th season in the majors, Pena hit 19 homers with 61 RBIs and a .197 average for the Rays. Last year, Pena was offered an $8 million contract with the Indians, but opted for $7.25 milllion to stay with the Rays. But the Rays are unlikely to bring him back, according to Tampa Bay Online. Pena was only a part-time player by the end of the season.
<b>Lance Berkman, first base: </b> The 36-year-old had a knee injury that limited him to 32 games in 2012, when he batted .259 for the Cardinals. According to CBSSports.com, Berkman could opt for retirement, but he’ll wait to see if he receives any offers first. Conversations that his old team, the Astros, could pick him up are still in their beginning stages.
<b>Cesar Izturis, shortstop: </b>Instead of agreeing to play in the minors, Izturis became a free agent with no plan of returning to the Nationals after Washington chose him when the Brewers waived him. It’s highly unlikely he’d be a better alternative for the Red Sox than prospect Jose Iglesias.