Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

CLEMENT & NIXON ON THE MOVE?

The word in Dallas is that Sox starter Matt Clement is eminently available. One intriguing rumor has him going to Philadelphia, along with Trot Nixon, in exchange for Bobby Abreu. However, the Philadelphia Enquirer reports that the Phillies are "cool on Clement." Another rumor, which has been floating around for at least a week, has Clement headed to Milwaukee for first baseman Lyle Overbay. Stay tuned...things could develop rapidly.

According to the Hartford Courant, the Sox have also spoken to the Pirates about dealing Nixon for one of two pitchers, either Kip Wells or Mark Redman. That could mean that another deal for a replacement right fielder is imminent, or at least necessary. It's hard to imagine the Sox letting Adam Stern inherit that position at this point. Stern showed excellent defensive prowess in his few opportunities in right last season, but he struggled at the plate. He'll also be returning from off-season shoulder surgery.

Most recently, the Sox spoke with Seattle about a trade involving Nixon, who are interested in the Sox longest tenured position player. Nixon is the only everyday player to have come up through the Sox minor league system. There is no word on what that would mean for the Mariners' All Star right fielder, Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro has expressed frustration with playing for a continually losing franchise, but the Mariners have said he is not on the trading block. In some ways it's hard to imagine the M's trading Ichiro, but then again, in the past they traded Ken Griffey Jr,. Alex Rodriguez, and Randy Johnson in succession. I guess that would indicate that no one is truly untouchable in Seattle.

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