Westmoreland gets some at-bats

Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen reports that Ryan Westmoreland had five plate appearances in instructional league games in the Dominican Republic over the last two days.

So the 21-year-old has fulfilled his goal of getting a live at-bat before the end of 2011. What an accomplishment considering that he had brain surgery in March of 2010.

Westmoreland grounded out twice, walked, struck out and was hit by a pitch.

In terms of other news:

• Oakland is close to a deal that would send Trevor Cahill and Craig Breslow to Arizona for prospects. Not sure if the Sox have enough to get Gio Gonzalez. But they should have enough to land Andrew Bailey if Oakland wants to keep dealing.


The clock is ticking on Ben Cherington’s first big move.

• Alex Speier of WEEI.com made a great point today that Adrian Gonzalez’s contract looks pretty good after what Albert Pujols signed for with the Angels.

Would you rather have Gonzalez for seven years and $154 million or Pujols for 10 years and $254 million? That’s an easy one given that Gonzalez is 29 and Pujols is 31. Gonzalez also is a far superior defender at first base and they are comparable offensively. Over the course of time, that deal is going to look better and better for the Sox.

Without question, Pujols is not worth $100 million more. Not remotely.

Two other things …

• Good luck to Globe Patriots writer Monique Walker, who is leaving the paper today for a position with the Baltimore Sun. As a Pats fan, I enjoyed reading Monique and she was a great person to work with. We’ll miss her.

• I’m out of here for a few days of vacation. Catch you next week.

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