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It’s the winter meetings, and as usual, the Red Sox are extremely busy working the phones.
With the help of MLBTR, Twitter, and other resources, here’s the latest going on with the Red Sox on the trade market…
The Red Sox are in discussions with the A’s about closer Andrew Bailey. In some proposed offers rumored, the Red Sox would be sending Josh Reddick and a package of prospects (not including 3B Will Middlebrooks) to the A’s for Bailey.
It makes sense for the A’s, who will likely be without all of their 2011 starting outfielders (David DeJesus, Josh Willingham, Coco Crisp). It also makes for the Red Sox, who desperately need some help in the back end of the bullpen, especially if they really want to move Daniel Bard to the starting rotation.
With Chicago in rebuilding mode after trading closer Sergio Santos to the Blue Jays and letting Mark Buehrle leave to sign with the Marlins, the Red Sox have expressed interest in outfielder Carlos Quentin (.254/.340/.499 in 2011).
The teams met about the 29-year-old outfielder, but no framework for a trade has been built yet, according to the Globe’s Nick Cafardo.
Sticking with the White Sox are rebuilding theme, the Red Sox have also inquired about starters John Danks (8-12, 4.33 ERA) and Gavin Floyd (12-13, 4.37 ERA).
Danks, at 26, is the more desirable player, but Chicago is looking for a “Ubaldo Jimenez package” for Danks. Jimenez was traded to the Indians at last year’s trade deadline for four prospects, including two former first rounders.
The Red Sox have interest in both the Texas relievers, while the Rangers have an interest in infielder Jed Lowrie, according to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan. Both Uehara (65 IP, 2.35 ERA) and Lowe (45 IP, 3.80 ERA) are eligible for free agency after 2012.
Lowrie is without a starting job with the Red Sox, assuming Marco Scutaro reclaims his spot at shortstop in 2012. Lowrie has shown some pop the last couple seasons, but he has had serious issues staying healthy. Last year, he slumped badly after a scorching start, finishing .252/.303/.382.