The Boston Red Sox build their 2013 World Champions with strategic free agent acquisitions, and General Manager Ben Cherington appears to be using the same approach to try and repeat in 2014. Boston Red Sox catcher David Ross appears to have been in touch with first tier free agents RHP Tim Hudson and catcher Brian McCann to lure them to beantown. According to a Tweet from Boston Red Sox beat writer Pete Abraham, the recruiting is in full force:
It would appear that David Ross is quote an effective recruiter for the #RedSox given interest by McCann and now Hudson.
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) November 8, 2013
David O’Brien, Atlanta Braves beat writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, noted their friendship during their Braves days via Twitter:
Ross was among most popular #Braves in clubhouse, and McCann and Hudson were 2 of his closest friends on team.
— David O'Brien (@ajcbraves) November 8, 2013
The Red Sox appear destined for a minor makeover, as three key free agents are expected to turn down qualifying offers, including prized OF Jacoby Ellsbury, along with slugger 1B Mike Napoli and SS Stephen Drew. Replacing three key components of a starting lineup is never easy, though the Red Sox will still be in the mix to sign their own.Tim Hudson would be a nice addition to an already deep starting rotation, joining Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, and John Lackey. Making other veterans like Jake Peavy and Ryan Dempster offseason trade bait.
Catcher Brian McCann has attracted interest from a number of teams, given that the Braves have catcher depth with Evan Gattis emergence in 2013.
– David Whitlock