Nov. 10 Roundup: Boston backstops

The Red Sox signed David Ross to a two-year, $6.2 million deal on Saturday, putting the futures of Ryan Lavarnway and Jarrod Saltalamacchia in question. One of them figures to be kept around to work in tandem with Ross, the other likely could be used as a trade bait. Unless the Sox decided to try Lavarnway at first base, carrying all three into Spring Training seems untenable.

  • CBS Sports reported the Red Sox showed interest in Mike Napoli, who would further crowd their catching scene — although the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo tweeted Thursday that Napoli and Adam LaRoche are first-base options for the Red Sox.
  • The Dodgers won the bidding for Korean left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin. The signing of Ryu, which has a 30-day window, would allow the Dodgers to make a subsequent trade: most likely of Aaron Harang or Chris Capuano.
  • Free agent Torii Hunter told the Los Angeles Times that the Dodgers did not approach him about a two-year deal. Other reports suggested the Dodgers were aggressively pursuing him. Hunter confirmed to the Times that he wants a multi-year deal as a starting outfielder.
  • Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said this week he hasn’t talked about trading Andre Ethier, and a FOX Sports report on Saturday backed that notion up.
  • Melky Cabrera has drawn interest from five teams, the New York Post reported. The Mets and Yankees reportedly aren’t in that group.
  • FOX Sports and USA Today reported that the Rangers do not want to trade either Elvis Andrus or Jurickson Profar to go after Arizona’s Justin Upton.

– Evan Drellich

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