Buster Olney is saying the Red Sox think so:
Heard this: There
are concerns within the Boston organization about whether Jason Bay
would hold up physically through a multi-year deal.
I suppose that’s always a concern when you sign a guy to a long deal — and Alex Speier at WEEI.com is reporting that it’ll take five years to get Bay right now — but the guy hasn’t had too many health issues to date. He had some hamstring problems late in the season, but he hasn’t been on the DL in five years.
One questions whether it’s ever a good idea to give a guy in his thirties a five-year contract, but I don’t know that Bay is any greater an injury risk than anyone else. This could be something someone with the Red Sox is floating simply to pressure Bay a bit.
At the trade deadline, relief pitching is the name of the game and one of the names clearly available is Pat Neshek. Today Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that the Nationals, Dodgers, and Red Sox are among the clubs who are closely scouting the Phillies reliever. Last week Ken Rosenthal reported that the Brewers and Rays were involved as well.
Neshek is an impending free agent, so he may come cheaper than Justin Wilson or some of the other bullpen arms available right now. The All-Star is 36 and is posting a fantastic season, featuring a 1.12 ERA and 45/5 K/BB ratio over 40.1 innings this season.
Some seriously bad news for the Dodgers: Ken Rosenthal reports that the initial prognosis on Clayton Kershaw is that he will miss 4-6 weeks with his bad back. A final determination will be made after he gets a second medical consultation.
Kershaw exited Sunday’s start against the Braves with back tightness after just two innings of work. He was seen talking with trainers in the dugout after completing the top of the second inning and did not return to the mound for the third. Kershaw has a history of back problems. Last year he missed over two months with a herniated disc in his back.
Assuming the preliminary schedule holds, Kershaw would be on the shelf until late August at the earliest, but more likely early-to-mid September. The Dodgers currently hold a 10.5 game lead in the NL West so they can withstand his absence. But if they have any hopes of advancing in the playoffs, they’ll need a fully armed and operational Clayton Kershaw to do it.