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Red Sox “mostly focused on” Dempster, Sanchez, Lohse, Marcum, Liriano

Dec 12, 2012, 1:13 PM EDT

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As the Red Sox continue to look for rotation help Sean McAdam of reports that they’re “mostly focused on” Anibal Sanchez, Ryan Dempster, Kyle Lohse, Shaun Marcum, and Francisco Liriano.

McAdam calls Sanchez “something of a longshot” because the Red Sox probably won’t want to pay his asking price and Dempster reportedly already turned down Boston’s two-year, $25 million offer, but it’s possible they could go three years to get him.

For now the Red Sox have Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, and Felix Doubront in the rotation, with John Lackey likely as well depending on how he returns from Tommy John elbow surgery and Franklin Morales around as a fifth option.

UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of says the Red Sox are in “serious negotiations” with Dempster right now.

  1. number42is1 - Dec 12, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    serious = they pinned him?

  2. bobwsc - Dec 12, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    this reeks of the John Burkett signing from 10 years ago. is the emphasis on character guys, no matter how old and in decline they are. cut the crap, Ben.

  3. lyon810 - Dec 12, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Seems as though the Sox are such between rebuilding and staying competitive for the fans.

    Really can’t see then winning a championship as long as this front office is in power. have balls and do whats best for the team long term

    • theskinsman - Dec 12, 2012 at 9:52 PM

      Seriously, take a breath.This front office corrected a bad choice in Bobby V., then dumped underperforming,overpaid players and blew up the roster.If you expected a slew of all stars signed ,you need to root for the Borg or Dodgers. I’m all for giving Cherington a chance with rebuilding the roster. If he doesn’t sign some pitching that performs, it’s another long year.If he does, the Sox will have a chance.
      Long Term he needs to eval the farm system and build a new core of position players. That takes time.

      • lyon810 - Dec 13, 2012 at 8:47 AM

        replacing old (and now run out of town) bad contracts with new ones. On the bright side, nothing much long-term committed

  4. thebadguyswon - Dec 12, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Have fun with that, Beantown.

  5. brent05cards - Dec 12, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    if this is true then Victorino won’t be the worse signing of the summer for us

    • number42is1 - Dec 12, 2012 at 2:21 PM


  6. proudlycanadian - Dec 12, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    The Red Sox seem to have a policy of 2 or 3 year contracts for free agents, so a contract similar to Victorino’s and Napoli’s, should work.

    • uyf1950 - Dec 12, 2012 at 3:25 PM

      So “mostly focused on” is the new buzz phase for what the Red Sox are doing so far this off season. We can now officially add that to: “checking on”, “looking into”, kicking the tires”, “interested in” and a host of others phases.

  7. Old Gator - Dec 12, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Has Napoli actually got a contract, or are we still waiting to find out if he has an alien larva in his diverticulum?

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 12, 2012 at 4:24 PM

      It appears that the Red Sox are no longer all in on Napoli. According to Rosenthal, the two sides still have some issues to work through. Since the Sox are still partly in, I would be surprised if they do not consummate the mutual attraction.

  8. uyf1950 - Dec 12, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    I’m guessing if the Red Sox are really in “serious negotiations” with Ryan Dempster on a contract 3 years $39MM seems to be the length and dollars the Red Sox like to had out to players. At least players that they don’t anticipate platooning.

  9. jcmeyer10 - Dec 12, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Dempster already said no thank you to 2 years at some reasonable rate (if I had to guess 13 a year). I think they should sign Lohse.

    • richwizl - Dec 12, 2012 at 7:50 PM

      I’d much rather they go after Liriano.

  10. nbasux - Dec 13, 2012 at 7:45 AM

    Why not Ejax? Id rather have him than anyone listed there.

  11. deathmonkey41 - Dec 13, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Man, I miss the Bobby V. days already.

  12. redsox32c - Dec 13, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    I think the Sox plan is obvious, they have ammassed some really good young talent and I think they think that 3 years from now they will all be in the majors and performing. Until that time they are attempting to stay competitive to keep fan interest, money is not really an issue at this point as long as they have flexability when their young core is ready to produce.

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