Red Sox hot stove notes: Werth, Pedroia, Beltre and arbitration
No offer to Werth The Red Sox and OF Jayson Werth met face-to-face on Wednesday but did not offer the free agent a contract. The meeting was reported by ESPN Boston.According to sources the sit down was just preliminary and allowed both side the opportunity to feel each other out and get to know one-another. The Red Sox expressed their long term interest and Werth expressed how Boston would be a good fit. The Red Sox have been after Werth since the offseason started and are considered by some to be the favorite to land the 31-year old OF. Werth’s agent Scott Boras stated there is a long way to go before the free agent makes any decision on where he will play next year. Pedroia healthyDuring a radio appearance on Wednesday updated his status following surgery to his broken foot and said he is 99.9 percent healed.Pedroia broke his foot on June 25 when he fouled a ball off of it in a game in San Francisco. He appeared in just two more games over the remainder of the season before having surgery on Sept. 3.
"I'm getting cleared to start jogging and build up to sprinting, and once January comes, hit it hard and get ready for the season," he told WEEI.Pedroia played in 75 games in 2010, batting .288 with 12 home runs, 41 RBIs and 53 runs.
Okajima nontendered Hideki Okajima will be nontendered by the Red Sox making him a free agent. The Sox can still resign him but left hand relievers are always at a premium and Okajima will sure come with a hefty price tag.Okajima’s agent Joseph Rosen said that he would be open to a return to Boston. Arbitration Declined Both Adrian Beltre and Felipe Lopez declined salary arbitration. No real shock here from either side. By declining arbitration the Red Sox will be awarded draft picks if any other teams sign them. Beltre has expressed interest in returning to Boston. “These guys are my friends and they made me feel part of the team,” he told the Boston Globe. “There's a lot going on right now, but I do hope I stay with the Red Sox.”