Another offseason, another round of trade talks surrounding Dennis Seidenberg.
Boston’s veteran defenseman — who, last year, said he wanted to stay in Boston, then told reporters being involved in trade rumors was a “slap in the face” — is now facing another round of questions.
Seidenberg’s full no-trade clause expires in December. After that, it becomes a modified NTC in which he submits a list of eight teams he’s willing to accept a move to.
More, from the Boston Herald:
“No, nothing was mentioned,” Seidenberg said [of being asked to waive]. “I’m planning to come back here. I’ve got two more years here, so we’ll see.”
And if management came to him sooner asking him to waive his no-trade?
“I haven’t thought about that . . . and right now I don’t want to think about it,” he said.
Seidenberg has said in the past that if the team didn’t want him any more, then he’d be amenable to a move.
Boston’s in a bit of a tricky spot with the soon-to-be-35-year-old.
Injuries have really taken their toll since he signed a four-year, $16 million extension in ’13. Specifically, a torn ACL and last year’s back injury, which cost him the first four weeks of the campaign and seemed to throw his entire season out of whack.
Seidenberg certainly isn’t part of Boston’s future on defense, but could have some value across the league as a veteran depth guy.
If you’re thinking “hey, $4M is a pretty hefty cap hit for a depth d-man,” remember that GM Don Sweeney could facilitate a move by retaining some salary. Financially, it wouldn’t be much different that buying Seidenberg out — something the Herald floated as a potential move — and there could be the potential to net an actual asset in return.
Of course, the B’s could stand pat and hope Seidenberg gets healthy, and contributes.
Do remember that, after returning from that serious knee injury, the German rearguard appeared in all 82 games during the ’14-15 campaign, scoring 14 points while averaging over 22 minutes per night.