Lou Gorman, who served as the Red Sox’s general manager from 1984 to 1993 and guided the team to three division titles and a trip to the World Series in 1986, passed away this morning at age 82.
Gorman was the man behind the 1990 trade that sent Double-A third base prospect Jeff Bagwell to the Astros for veteran pitcher Larry Andersen, who helped the Red Sox to the playoffs and then became a footnote in one of the most lopsided deals in MLB history.
He was replaced by Dan Duquette in 1994, but remained with the Red Sox as a senior adviser and was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame in 2002. Prior to joining the Red Sox he was the first-ever general manager of the Seattle Mariners in the 1970s and also worked for the Giants, Orioles, Royals, and Mets.
Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly reports that the Phillies are close to signing free agent reliever Joaquin Benoit. An announcement is expected before the winter meetings end on Thursday.
Benoit, 39, has quietly been among the better relievers in baseball over the past seven years. This past season with the Mariners and Blue Jays, the right-hander put up an aggregate 2.81 ERA with a 52/24 K/BB ratio in 48 innings. That included a 0.38 ERA in 23 2/3 innings after the Jays acquired him from the Mariners.
Benoit suffered a torn calf muscle during a benches-clearing brawl with the Yankees near the end of the regular season. He’s expected to be healthy for spring training.
The Phillies have now added three relievers this offseason with Benoit, Pat Neshek, and David Rollins.
ESPN’s Pedro Gomez provides a previously unreported detail of the new collective bargaining agreement, agreed to by the owners and the players’ union last week. Players’ meal money for road games is being reduced from $105 to $30 per day. Teams are providing pre- and post-game meals in the visitors’ clubhouse to offset some of the decrease in meal money.
Gomez quotes an unnamed player who said, “I doubt many guys know about the money going down, nor would they have agreed to it.” All of the players Gomez contacted said they were unaware of and unhappy about the change.
Clubhouse attendants are certainly unhappy about this change, too. As Gomez notes, the attendants previously provided food for visiting teams which earned them tips from the players.
EDIT: It’s worth clarifying that chefs are required in clubhouses now as part of the new CBA, so it’s not a complete loss for the players.