It's hard to say where Bautista would have played if Toronto had been more serious about dealing him. He made 113 starts in right field and 45 at third base last season, so one of J.D. Drew, Kevin Youkilis, or David Ortiz would have been left out in the cold.
Peter Gammons tweeted that the Red Sox claimed Bautista on waivers in September 2009, "but Bos ownership wouldn't take $". Since Bautista earned only $2.4 million last year, I assume that means the front office was not keen on inking an extension. According to Speier, however, the Red Sox were not awarded the waiver claim in 2009. (Bautista belted 10 home runs in September 2009 and handily led the major leagues with 54 in 2010.)
Dustin Pedroia, on his left foot:
There have been some surprises. I thought when I had surgery on my foot, in three months I would feel 100 percent, and that wasn't the case. It's been a lot tougher than I thought it was, and what everyone thought it would be. ... It's a weird bone to break without a non-stress fracture. ... Mine is from a ball hitting off it, so it's a little different in terms of the recovery. ... I'm two weeks away from spring training and I'm just now kind of getting ... to where I feel good [and] can play a game.ESPN's Keith Law ranks the Red Sox's farm system as 11th best in MLB, with three other AL East teams above them: Rays (2nd), Blue Jays (4th), and Yankees (9th). Law puts the Royals at #1.
suggested that Derek Jeter find a better deal if he was dissatisfied with the Yankees' offer, thus making negotiations with the team's captain far more thorny than necessary. He was unable to convince Cliff Lee to join the Yankees. He expressed disapproval about signing Rafael Soriano -- at the press conference introducing the relief pitcher! He stated that Jeter might have to switch positions. And he admitted the Red Sox are a better team than the Yankees right now: "[I]f somebody asked me right now, they might be a finished product. We're an unfinished product."