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Red Sox showing interest in Padres’ Chris Denorfia

Jan 5, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe explains:

Chris Denorfia, OF, Padres — While the Red Sox don’t believe they can carry another outfielder, they have expressed some interest in Denorfia, a righthanded bat with a little power who can play center field. The Red Sox might be able to swing a move like this if they deal [Mike] Carp or Daniel Nava somewhere.

Denorfia, 33, has hit .285/.340/.419 with 18 home runs, 40 doubles and 24 stolen bases over his last 274 games for the Padres and he is owed just $2.25 million in 2014. He has logged 155 career starts in center field and the Red Sox want somebody who can provide insurance behind Jackie Bradley, who is tasked with having to replace Jacoby Ellsbury.

Nava registered an outstanding .303/.385/.445 batting line in 2013, but he’s limited to playing first base and corner outfield. Carp also hit well last year for the Red Sox, but his defensive profile is much the same.

  1. Ayana Rashed - Jan 5, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Reblogged this on Imarashed.

    • asimonetti88 - Jan 5, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      • mascmen7 - Jan 6, 2014 at 1:20 PM

        For God’s sakes do not trade Danny Nava. Sox won when he played as he was the only dependable hitter. Sox lost when he did not play. Jackie Bradley can not hit curve balls nor can our beloved Will Middlebrooks.

  2. unclemosesgreen - Jan 5, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    Two fun Denorfia facts: he was born in the same hometown as ESPN – Bristol, Connecticut. Also, he played for the Italian National Team in the WBC.

  3. socalskinsfan21 - Jan 5, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    Chris denorfia would pay huge dividends to the red sox. this guy plays the game the right way.

    • Glenn - Jan 5, 2014 at 4:08 PM

      Sabermetrically or grittily?

      • schlom - Jan 5, 2014 at 7:23 PM

        Both!

  4. tfbuckfutter - Jan 5, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    He doesn’t have a beard.

    Who knows if he can even grow one?

    Last thing this team needs is another sparse hobo beard. We already got Gomes for that. One bad beard per team.

  5. yahmule - Jan 5, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    I saw his walkoff homer against Aroldis last season. That was really cool.

  6. themagicfanguy - Jan 5, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    I’d rather keep Nava to be honest, deal Carp.

  7. rollinghighwayblues - Jan 5, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Don’t you mean Chris “Raw Power” Denorfia? Last March I saw him hit two moonshots at the Alamodome. Both of which were wallscrapers to RF. Right field couldn’t be more than 285 feet. Talk about bombs. No brainer to sign him.

  8. ptfu - Jan 5, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Platoon alert: Chris Denorfia hits LHP much better than RHP (.833 vs .690 career OPS, and last year’s numbers are similar). Padres have been getting good production by platooning Norf with Will Venable. (His nickname is Norf, not Deno dammit!)

    The guy’s a contact hitter with enough pop to keep pitchers honest. A few walks, won’t chase junk, though he can be beaten. Norf’s not a running threat but he’ll pick his spots and swipe one here and there. Defensively, he’s fine in the corners and adequate in center. You don’t want him in CF for an extended period, but once in a while is okay.

    Trading Norf would clear the way for Kyle Blanks’ Last Hurrah (assuming the Padres don’t get a major league outfielder back in trade). Reymond Fuentes is also going to need playing time at some point.

  9. mascmen7 - Jan 6, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Mets only willing to give Drew 2 years. Drew had more RBIs and more homers than Ellsbury who was way overrated because he can steal.

  10. ch0psuey - Jan 10, 2014 at 2:09 AM

    Chris Denorfia has been one of my favorite Padre’s last couple years. I have no clue what his stats say, dude plays hard, runs his ass off, and has great oppo field power.

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