The Red Sox might have some interest, of course, but second-best scenario might be to watch the Los Angeles Angels sign free agent lefty Barry Zito.
Starting pitching doesn't appear to be a priority for the Angels, writes Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, but inking Zito could pave the way for the Angels to deal away some of their surplus, including John Lackey, Ervin Santana, Kelvim Escobar, Weaver, Joe Saunders, and Bartolo Colon, for some needed offense. That might give LA some added chips in trying to land Vernon Wells, Alex Rodriguez, Miguel Tejada or Manny Ramirez. And Daisuke Matsuzaka ($30 million?) or no Daisuke Matsuzaka, the Sox desperately need starting arms.
Meanwhile, looking to the right of Manny Ramirez, Rocky Mountain News columnist Tracy Ringolsby reports that Rockies continue to keep their eye on Coco Crisp's availability, and might still have an interest in trading for the center fielder.
"But for marginal improvement over what the Rockies already have, they know they can't afford to get involved in high-priced or long-term commitments," he writes. "which is why the only way they would get interested in a trade for Coco Crisp is if Boston eats the bulk of the three-year, $15.5 million he has coming."
Right. That would mean the Red Sox would be paying Crisp to play for Colorado, Bronson Arroyo to pay for the Reds, and Edgar Renteria to play for the Braves. Let's not forget, these were team-friendly deals that Arroyo and Crisp were signed to for payroll flexibility. And yet, teams still seem to want to exploit that based on Boston's high-priced market stance.
That's not going to happen in Crisp's case.