Back to Foulke?
Could the Red Sox search near and far for a closer and determine that the new closer is the same as the old closer?
Bumped into Dan Horwits, Foulke’s agent, this morning in the lobby here at the Winter Meetings and he said that, "I wouldn’t rule out a return to Boston either, as stange as it sounds."
Horwits is meeting with Theo Epstein today to discuss not just Foulke, but also another of his clients, Octavio Dotel. If Dotel truly is healthy, he could be a worthwhile investment. It wasn’t that long ago that he had electric stuff.
As for Foulke, it’s hard to know what’s going on. The Red Sox don’t pick up his option, Foulke doesn’t pick up his player option, then the Sox offer him arbitration?
Horwits said that Foulke isn’t likely to accept arbitration, but wouldn’t his best deal be to take arbitration and keep his salary in the $7 million range? Upon further review, I was way off on this. I spoke with a baseball official who informed me that, since Foulke already applied for free agency, his arbitration figure has nothing to do with what he made last year. In other words, the Red Sox would probably get him very cheap in arbitration, which is why he is almost certain not to accept arbitration.
If Foulke comes back to the Sox, I’m sure it would be under an incentive-laden deal.
Also, Horwits says that Foulke is now the healthiest he’s been since prior to the 2004 season. Is that just an agent talking, or is Foulke finally getting back to form? He did have a 0.00 ERA in September.
Keep an eye on this one. There are five teams in on Foulke right now. I know the Indians are in, and the Diamondbacks (Foulke lives in Phoenix) are not in yet.
In other news, the Manny talks continue. The Dodgers think the Red Sox are asking for too much. The Padres are supposedly out altogether. The Giants are supposedly going to re-sign Bonds, so that would eliminate them.
Why do I have a feeling I’ll be blogging to you at next year’s winter meetings wondering where Manny is going?
Maybe the Angels are still in this thing, but are just staying quiet like the Yankees did last year with Johnny Damon. Who knows.