Williams intimated that his options could expand as soon as next Sunday.
“There will be some bats available after the tender date (Saturday), so you got a lot of options,” Williams said. “Which road we’ll travel down? I don’t know. That’s why we’re here. We got to let it play out.”
UPDATE: The deadline is Saturday (12/12) night.
Williams took a knee throughout Figgins’ brief time on the free-agent market, unable to do anything except wish him well after he agreed to a four-year, $36 million deal with the Mariners.
“I don’t have any money,” said Williams, who projects the Sox’s payroll to wind up near $100 million. “I would have loved to (add him), but it didn’t work.”
it’s not due to the Rios claim says Kenny:
“We wanted that player,” Williams said. “We don’t look at (the situation) as a hindrance. We look at him as an answer to one problem we’ve had for a long time. This guy is a career .280 hitter with power speed, with speed, with defense. We’re happy to have him.”
Gonzales says the Sox have about $20 million to spend.
Ozzie Guillen on the Sox leadoff batter:
“The one, and he’s not a typical leadoff hitter, is Gordon [Beckham]. Gordon takes a lot of pitches there, he knows what he’s doing, he’s not going to panic. He can run a little bit, but I don’t think he can steal bases the way we want him to, but I always say, the leadoff hitter, I don’t care how many bases you can steal, you’ve got to be on base. I’d rather have a guy get on base than a guy that steals 100 bases, but is never there. Last year, I think our leadoff hitter on Opening Day was Wise.”
The Sox and Juan Pierre … again? Don’t laugh. The holdup on those talks, however, is the well-publicized divorce involving Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, especially because the Sox would want Los Angeles to pick up a good amount of Pierre’s $18.5 million he’s owed the next two seasons.
Stats: B-R, FG.
UPDATE: Jim looks at Juan Pierre and sees Scott Podsednik.
Williams said the possibility of rookie Tyler Flowers becoming the primary backup catcher to A.J. Pierzynski becomes a strong consideration each day.
“As we sit right now, he’s probably the leading candidate to be the backup,” Williams said. “… Tyler Flowers is going to hit. And that’s one thing we have to consider.”
Another consideration is that teams are starting to sign catchers, even at eye-opening prices. The New York Mets doubled free agent Henry Blanco’s salary by agreeing to a one-year, $1.5 million contract as a backup catcher.
The Mets have yet to land a starting catcher but are considering free agent Bengie Molina. The Sox had interest in Blanco but could shift their sights on Mike Redmond, a dependable contact hitter who was a member of Florida’s 2003 World Series champion team, in which Guillen served as a coach.
More at the link: Jake Peavy, Omar Vizquel, Andruw Jones, Brent Lillibridge, Jayson Nix, Jim Thome, Jermaine Dye, Brandon Hynick.
… Ozzie says the starting outfield would be Alex Rios in center, Carlos Quentin in right, and Andruw Jones in left. And Gordon Beckham would be the lead-off batter.
And Ozzie says Dayan Viciedo isn’t ready.