Extra Bases

Does Iannetta make sense for the Red Sox?

Denver Post Rockies beat guy Troy Renck, who knows his stuff, blogs today that the Red Sox are keeping an eye on catcher Chris Iannetta.

The Rhode Island native was demoted to Triple A Colorado Springs on April 27. It seemed a little rash after only eight games and 34 plate appearances. Iannetta has since hit .362/.449/.741 in the minors.

Iannetta is signed through the end of the 2012 season and is owed approximately $7.65 million.

Iannetta is an interesting player. But if the Red Sox were to acquire him, who goes? The Sox can’t carry three catchers, so either Jason Varitek would get released (unlikely) or Victor Martinez would have to become a first baseman or DH. That would mean benching David Ortiz or Adrian Beltre, which also seems unlikely at this juncture.

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The Sox could release Mike Lowell and add Iannetta, but that wouldn’t make the bench any more functional.

Troy also mentions that the Dodgers could part ways with Nick Green once Rafael Furcal comes back. Might the Sox want him back as infield depth? Probably not. Bill Hall hasn’t hit much, but his ability to play multiple positions makes him valuable.

Trade talk will pick up as we get closer to June. What the Sox need is bullpen help. Daniel Bard is on a pace to pitch 85 innings, 20 more than last season. That’s a big jump for a reliever who usually goes one inning at a time.

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The Sox need somebody else they can count on in the seventh and eighth inning.

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