Peter Gammons is reporting that the Red Sox are close to signing free agent outfield Rocco Baldelli. Tonight is the Boston Baseball Writers Dinner and Gammons thinks an announcement could come at the dinner where Rocco is being honored.
My initial thoughts are this guy can't run from here to there without getting tired, but a recent round of tests at Mass General Hospital yielded encouraging results for the Rhode Island grown talent.
Baldelli has missed 331 games the last 3 years due to mitochondria disorder, which makes him feel like he just ran the Boston Marathon after a simple workout. I have heard rumors that a new diagnosis/treatment has allowed Baldelli to make tremendous progress so perhaps he's on the road to playing as many games in a year as JD Drew.
Obviously I'm skeptical about this deal; with Drew pretty much penciled in for a DL stint and back stiffness the Sox will need a fourth outfielder who can be ready to play at a moments notice. I was hoping Theo would find a way to bring back Mark Kotsay, but he's rumored to be looking for a starting job somewhere else.
Baldelli played in 28 games for the Tampa Bay Don't Call them Devil Rays last season, batting .263 with 4 homeruns and an OBP of .344.