Monday, December 24, 2012

Garrett Jones To Hub In Joel Hanrahan Deal?

Lake Fong—Post-Gazette
Speculation is mounting that the additional player coming back to Boston in the Joel Hanrahan trade might be first baseman/outfielder Garret Jones (pic). While the overall deal has been put on the back-burner until after Christmas, the other pieces are pretty much in place. Boston will send Jerry Sands (who came in the Punto deal) and Stolmy Pimentel (who still has a huge upside) to the Bucs—and likely another player if Jones is included in the deal (Mark Melancon?). The inclusion of Jones would make a lot of sense for the Red Sox, since their first base situation has been thrown into a tizzy by the chance that Mike Napoli's bum hip might nix that deal. The 31-year old, left-hand hitting Jones has a career .259 average over parts of five seasons. He has shown interesting power numbers—cranking out 27 home runs just last year. He averages about 25 HRs per year—so, think Brian Daubach if you're looking for a comparative. Stay tuned!