says Mark Gonzales:
A talent evaluator familiar with both teams said the Sox were miffed the Giants' offers for Crede included since-released pitcher Scott Williamson; pitcher Randy Messenger, who was optioned to Triple-A Fresno last week; and veteran outfielder Dave Roberts.
The source said the Giants believe Sox general manager Ken Williams' asking price -- one of the Giants' top prospects and a serviceable young reliever -- was too steep for a 29-year-old infielder coming off season-ending back surgery.
... The Sox, according to the scout, also have inquired about left-hander Jonathan Sanchez. But the Giants are facing pitching issues after losing left-hander Noah Lowry to a hand injury through April and appear inclined to keep Sanchez.
... The Dodgers had a scout at the Sox's game Tuesday against Texas. They currently are sticking with Nomar Garciaparra at third while Andy LaRoche recovers from a hand injury that could sideline him through May.
- Carl's latest 'Palehose 8' comic strip: In Which We Take a Second Look at Our Lady.
- John Danks allowed three earned runs on nine hits in five innings in a game at the Sox's minor-league camp today.
Update [2008-3-14 1:35:4 by The Cheat]: First, let me thank Wiz. It's so easy to fall out of the habit of posting here, and I haven't felt like writing the last few days. No news from me. I'm just tossing this bit up here.
I'm almost 88.7% sure we're still having this ultra-formal little get together this weekend.
Where: Miller's Pub
When: Saturday. During the game, stupid.