BOSTON (CBS) — With the MLB GM meetings taking place this week in California, Ben Cherington’s long list of tasks before Opening Day kicks in to full gear. And perhaps some of his early phone calls are with the Cleveland Indians.
CBSSports’ Jon Heyman reported Wednesday that starting pitcher Justin Masterson, outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, closer Chris Perez and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera are all expected to draw interest from possible trading partners, and Cleveland GM Chris Antonetti isn’t taking anyone off the table.
While it’s too early for any team to be definitively determined “in” on any of the players, Heyman speculated that the Red Sox could very well end up inquiring about Masterson, Choo and Cabrera.
Masterson has a history with new Sox manager John Farrell, with Farrell having served as Masterson’s first big league pitching coach in 2008 and ’09. Masterson went 9-8 with a 3.76 ERA in 67 appearances (15 starts) for the Red Sox in that time. He’s since gone 30-45 with a 4.27 ERA in 113 appearances (106 starts) with Cleveland.
Choo, like Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, is set to become a free agent after the 2013 season.
Heyman did say that a possible road block to the Red Sox and Indians making a deal is that the two teams have similar needs.