Possible role for Baldelli with Sox?
Rocco Baldelli could have a role with Sox, writes Nick Cafardo: "The Red Sox are doing due diligence on free agent Rocco Baldelli, who could be in the mix as a fourth outfielder after the team dealt Coco Crisp to the Kansas City Royals last week for reliever Ramon Ramírez. According to major league sources, Baldelli, from Cumberland, R.I., met with the Red Sox at Fenway late last week to discuss his future and the effects of the mitochondrial disorder that limited him to 80 at-bats with the Rays last season." ... Writes Amalie Benjamin: "The Crisp trade leaves the Sox with a hole in their outfield rotation. They will explore deals for a righthanded bat off the bench who can protect them in center field. Most of the Red Sox prospects are lefthanded hitters. One possibility the Sox are exploring is Rocco Baldelli, the Rhode Island native and former Rays outfielder/DH." The Rays in April declined to pick up options on Baldelli's expiring three-year, $9 million deal. A former Scott Boras client, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound 27-year-old represented himself when negotiating with the Rays.