ORLANDO – Theo Epstein emerged from a Commissioner’s meeting that typically ends the GM’s meetings. The Sox GM had really nothing new to report except that he would take information gained over the last few days and either go forward or dismiss potential trade proposals.
The biggest one here was the Justin Upton talks which are expected to continue and evolve.
Obviously the Red Sox or any team really interested in Upton (and the number of teams who could realistically get something done is more like five) would have to offer up one or two of their best young players to land Upton, who is only 23 years old.
Every team knows that.
That’s the decision the Red Sox and others would have to make. Epstein or any GM would not be afraid to give up top prospects to land a a tremendously talented 23-year-old major league experienced player. But when you speak about a Daniel Bard, the team’s future closer, there’s always hesitancy. What the asking price is and what the final deal is is often very different. In this case new Arizona GM Kevin Towers has nothing to lose but to listen to offers. He doesn’t have to do a thing unless it’s a deal that improves his team in more than one area.
“I had a couple of conversations with two teams last night but it seems that those teams are more in the mode of taking the information gathered here and going back home with the information and sort through it,” Epstein said. He added, “Most of it was following up on ideas that we had.”
Asked whether things could get done before the winter meetings which are less than three weeks away he said, “Maybe.”
On the free-agent front, Epstein said he had “no idea” whether the A’s reportedly offering Adrian Beltre a five-year, $64 million deal would accelerate Beltre’s decision. Reports of 12 teams being interested seems inflated according to one AL GM.
Epstein raved about Renaldo Rodriguez, who is hitting .384 with six homers and 18 RBI for the Monteria (Columbia) Lions.
Next order of business for Epstein will be to finalize the 40-man roster to protect players from the Rule V draft. The deadline is Saturday.