2009 Offseason: Sox prepare to make a move

With the Winter meetings less than a week away, the Boston front office is humming with activity. Could there be a big move or two in store after this relatively quiet start to the offseason?

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Linkage: Tazawa-mania

Here are a bunch of articles telling you all you need to know about the Sox shiny new Japanese toy.

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2009 Offseason: Pedroia signs 6-year extension

It was announced today that Dustin Pedroia signed a 6-year deal with the Red Sox worth $40.5M. The deal locks him in until 2014, two years beyond his free agency-eligibility year, and includes a team option for 2015 (which is voided in the event of a trade). Pedey is thrilled with the contract, and understandably so. Pretty heady stuff for the 5-9 (wink, wink) second baseman, who’s already been an All-Star and won Rookie of the Year, a Silver Slugger, a Gold Glove and AL MVP awards. It’s hard to believe that the guy has yet to reach his prime years, and there’s a lot of good baseball left to come from him. Here’s the money breakdown:

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2009 Offseason: Arbitration offers, Traber signed

Yesterday was the deadline for teams to offer salary arbitration to their impending free agents. This is important because if the player accepts, the team must go through the arbitration process to hammer out a one-year deal with the player. If he refuses, it means that if/when he signs with another team, the Red Sox will get compensated with draft picks if they are Type A or Type B status.

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2009 Offseason: Sox trade for Littleton, hire Bogar at first

The Red Sox acquired 25-year old right-hander Wes Littleton from Texas a couple of days ago for two PTBNLs. Littleton throws a sinker in the high 80s as well as a slurve that clocks in around 75 mph, making him tough on right-handed hitters. He has a half-decent changeup that he can mix in against lefties as well.

The good is that Littleton gets around 60% ground balls; but while he’s struck out a good number of hitters at the Triple-A level, but hasn’t been able to replicate that in the Majors. I expect him to provide bullpen depth at Pawtucket, but he could see some significant time, should Justin Masterson stick in the rotation. He was out of minor league options, so they won’t have to give up too much for him.

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2009 Offseason: Sox land Tazawa, Varitek in limbo

It appears that Junichi Tazawa has indeed agreed to sign with the Red Sox, if you believe these reports out of the Japanese media. He is slated to begin at Double-A Portland next year; let’s hope he develops.

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Linkage: First offer to Varitek, Sox getting serious about Tex?

Rob Bradford at WEEI.com says that the Sox have tendered a one-year offer to Jason Varitek that is not the kind of money agent Scott Boras had in mind. They certainly won’t take this deal, but I’m beginning to wonder if Tek has that many other options out there.

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2009 Offseason: Sox inquired on Montero

Nick Piecoro reports that the Sox have been poking around about young catcher Miguel Montero. So far, they have not been able to match up on a deal, so to get this done, a three-way deal would be needed. The Dbacks need middle infielders, but the only tradeable piece we have is Julio Lugo, unless we want to trade Jed Lowrie.

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Linkage: Lust for Teixeira, Crisp trade details

Some good reading available here:

2009 Offseason: Minor League free agents

I couldn’t find this information readily available, but Baseball America has this great post summing up who’s available.

Here’s who the Red Sox lost on Nov 6:

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