There are rumors that the Sox have engaged in trade talks with the Reds for outfielder Adam Dunn, just the third player in Reds history to hit 40 homers in consecutive seasons. For a while now, similar rumors have also circulated about the Sox interest in Reds first baseman Sean Casey, who led the Reds with a .312 average last year. The left-handed hitter has a lifetime .305 average, striking out in less than 12% of his at-bats. The Sox might be particularly impressed by Casey's .371 on-base percentage in 2005.
There have also been reports that the Sox are interested in Diamondbacks third baseman Troy Glaus. Perhaps the Sox would contemplate moving Glaus to first, considering that they've just committed the next two years to Gold Glove winner Mike Lowell. Glaus is said to be expendable because the D-Backs believe he has lazy work habits.
With the Sox unsure of Dustin Pedroia's ability to step in right away and take over second base on a full time basis this spring, would they consider Nomar Garciaparra for the job? The two-time batting champion is looking for work and made it clear that he he would switch positions.
"I played third last year. You do what you can do when you're on a team," he recently said.
Nomar batted .283 in 62 games with the Cubs last season and played 34 games at third base because of an injury to Aramis Ramirez.