The Boston Red Sox have a few players on the trading block, one source close to Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com says. Among those that the source says could be moved are pitchers Daisuke Matsuzaka and Tim Wakefield, outfielders Mike Cameron or Darnell McDonald and shortstop Marco Scutaro.
“His rhythm was all out of whack,” the source said about Matsuzaka. “I don’t know if it’s because that’s what the team wants, but I think he’s become too much of a conventional pitcher. He’s got to go back to pitching ‘left-handed’ again, dropping down at times, throwing from all kinds of angles, turning the ball over. He’s not doing that as much.”
There are a couple factors involved when moving Matsuzaka: the right-hander’s no-trade clause and whether or not the club decides they have enough starting pitcher depth in the rotation.
Matsuzaka is 0-1 with a 11.42 ERA in three starts this spring. He has given up five hits in 3 2/3 innings and is averaging just over 89 mph on his fastball. He is due $10 million in 2011, so the Red Sox would need to eat a huge portion of his salary in order to move him.
Wakefield’s job could depend on whether the Sox keep one or two left-handers in the bullpen. The two leading left-handed candidates are Hideki Okajima and Dennys Reyes – with the latter having a March 26 opt-out clause if he does not make the Major League roster.