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More on Sox’ agenda

Meetings could bring ’pen help

The Veterans Committee found former GM Pat Gillick (three World Series titles) Hall-worthy. The Veterans Committee found former GM Pat Gillick (three World Series titles) Hall-worthy. (Roberto Gonzalez/Associated Press)
By Peter Abraham
Globe Staff / December 7, 2010

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — So now that the Red Sox have Adrian Gonzalez, what’s next?


“Bullpen, bullpen, maybe integrate a righthanded bat into the mix if we can find the right one,’’ Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said after arriving at the winter meetings.

“I think there is a possibility of us doing something in the outfield, it might be a more complementary-type move. If we don’t find something that makes sense, we are comfortable with the group that we have.’’

Carl Crawford, a lefthanded hitter, does not appear to be a match in the lineup or in the budget. After Jayson Werth landed a stunning seven-year, $126 million deal from the Nationals — the Red Sox never made a formal offer — Crawford is expected to seek at least eight years and more than $150 million.

The Red Sox may be more interested in trading for Josh Willingham, a righthanded-hitting outfielder with the Nationals.

Epstein said it was likely the Red Sox would add two relievers, via trade or free agency.

Koji Uehara, Brian Fuentes, and Ron Mahay are among the many free agents the Red Sox are considering. Fuentes is reportedly seeking at least $6 million a year.

Epstein said the Red Sox are still discussing lefty Hideki Okajima, who was non-tendered last week.

“We’d have interest bringing him back under the right circumstances,’’ he said.

Epstein believes there will be plenty of player movement this week, given the flurry of transactions in recent days.

Gillick headed to Hall Pat Gillick, who assembled three World Series champions in 27 seasons as a general manager, was the only Hall of Fame selection by the 16-man Veterans Committee, which consists of players, executives, and writers.

Marvin Miller, who helped found the MLB Players Association, fell one vote shy of the necessary 75 percent in his fifth attempt. Late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who died in July, had fewer than eight votes.

Miller, 93, released a statement blasting the process.

“A long time ago, it became apparent that the Hall sought to bury me long before my time, as a metaphor for burying the union and eradicating its real influence,’’ he said. “It is an amusing anomaly that the Hall of Fame has made me famous by keeping me out.’’

Former commissioner Fay Vincent called the vote “a travesty’’ given the impact Miller had on the game.

Gillick served as GM with Toronto, Baltimore, Seattle, and Philadelphia, winning World Series titles with the Blue Jays in 1992 and 1993, and with the Phillies in 2008.

“It all goes back to the players they have on the field,’’ he said. “I could stand in the middle of the field and four million people aren’t going to show up.’’

Gillick will be inducted into Cooperstown July 24 along with any players elected next month by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Miller not forgotten The Red Sox traded lefthander Dustin Richardson to Florida Nov. 12 in exchange for 25-year-old lefthander Andrew Miller. They then elected not to offer Miller a contract last week, concerned with what he would command via arbitration.

But the Sox have told agent Darek Braunecker they would be interested in bringing Miller back on a more team-friendly deal. Braunecker said “a lot’’ of teams are interested in Miller, who believes he can still be a starter after what has been an uneven career. Miller is expected here to meet with interested teams.

Friendly advice Former Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell, now the manager of the Blue Jays, said he had a lengthy talk with new Sox pitching coach Curt Young.

“To give some insights into those work routines and the personalities he’ll now deal with was right and just,’’ Farrell said. “Him coming into Boston, he’ll do a great job. He’s done a great job in Oakland. It was more just on some of the ins and outs of the individual guys. But he’s inheriting a lot of good arms.’’

Upton move ‘unlikely’ Do not expect the Red Sox, or any team, to swing a deal for Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton, who was on the trade market in November. “It’s highly unlikely Justin Upton leaves the desert,’’ Arizona GM Kevin Towers said . . . Terry Bross, the agent for Bill Hall, said “six or seven teams’’ are interested in the utility player, who hit 18 home runs for the Red Sox last season. Hall is seeking a starting job but would consider a return to Boston if that opportunity isn’t available . . . Former Red Sox reliever Joe Nelson is here seeking work as a coach or in a front-office role.

Orioles add Reynolds The Orioles acquired third baseman Mark Reynolds from Arizona for relievers David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio. Reynolds has 121 home runs in his four seasons but also 767 strikeouts. Arizona filled its vacancy at third base by signing Melvin Mora to a one-year deal worth $2 million . . . The Blue Jays sent righthander Shaun Marcum to Milwaukee for infield prospect Brett Lawrie. Marcum was 13-8 with a 3.64 ERA last season . . . Righthander Aaron Harang signed a one-year contract with San Diego for $4 million . . . Reliever J.J. Putz signed a two-year, $10 million deal with Arizona. . . . Mark Riggins was named pitching coach of the Cubs.

Nick Cafardo of the Globe staff and material from the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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