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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2008 Offseason: Free agents of interest

The Red Sox have some needs to address, but it appears that their roster and stable of near Major League-ready talent doesn’t have a lot of space right now. Thus, it seems that a trade is the most likely route this offseason; nevertheless, here is what is potentially available on the free agent market (links point to all recent MLB Trade Rumors articles tagged to that player). We’ll start with two of the bigger names, then focus on the Red Sox needs for any potential good fits.

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Zink, Sox shelled; Lowell out with oblique injury

Wow, a lot happened yesterday. Knuckleballer Charlie Zink made his Major League debut last night, and was staked to a 10-run lead in the first inning. He pitched well for four innings, but things started unraveling in the 5th inning. Zink actually did much better than his line reflected, but the bullpen suffered a meltdown of historic proportions. What should have been a laugher turned into a 19-17 slugfest that the Sox barely pulled out on a go-ahead homer by Kevin Youkilis. Zink was optioned back to Pawtucket after the game.

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Sox’ big deadline move: Juan Uribe?

That’s what Danny Knobler at CBS Sports seems to think. Knobler speculates that the return on a deal might be Alex Cora, who has “fallen out of favor in Boston”. Uh, excuse me? Did I miss something here? Cora is a guy that the Red Sox signed for two years because they love him and they want him to coach for them in the future. Acquiring Uribe would require a roster spot to free up, but that doesn’t mean we would swap these guys straight up.

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Lugo likely to go on the DL; Lowrie recalled

Julio Lugo injured his left quadriceps running to first base on Friday. He beat out a throw with two outs that resulted in some Red Sox runs, but he immediately slowed up and had to leave the game. Alex Cora came in to pich-run. Lugo said after the game that this wasn’t just a muscle pull; he thinks he heard something pop, which is never a good sign. Read more of this post

The ongoing problem at shortstop: Julio Lugo

You know, I try not to overreact to a particular game or string of games, because baseball is one of those marathon sports. But I need to get some things off my chest about Julio Lugo:

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31-19: Sox sweep Royals, go 7-0 on homestand

Boston swept Kansas City in this 4-game series, making it a perfect homestand. The Red Sox are quickly compiling the best home record out of anyone in baseball; they are now 21-5 at Fenway for the year. Kicking off a series with a no-hitter must do some serious psychological damage to the team that got no-hit, because the Royals struggled offensively until game 4 in this one.

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24-19: Sox drop short series in Baltimore

Terry Francona wasn’t around, but Brad Mills did a fine job managing the Sox for this short series in Baltimore, apart from the 7th inning of game 2. I think the first game was bad more because of the injuries, rather than the loss itself, because the game was within reach. Game 2 just left a bad taste in my mouth. In both games, the long ball really hurt us, blowing leads and putting Baltimore ahead to stay. It is now a four game losing streak. The Sox really need to get back on track (and healthy) after this day off.

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24-17: Sox drop three in Minnesota

The Red Sox offense continues to lead the American League in team hitting by a huge margin (.294/.365/.454, compared to second-place Texas at .268/.346/.432), but has struggled to score a lot more runs as a result of stranding runners on base. They stranded 79 baserunners over four games, compared to the Twins’ 47. This is a regular thing with the Sox. While this is frustrating to no end, Boston did score 22 runs in the series, so you can’t really blame the offense. They were all pretty close games, and we could have easily split or taken the series.

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Roster update: Corey traded, Colon strong, Lowrie, Tavarez, Alvarez

Boston traded reliever Bryan Corey to the San Diego Padres yesterday for either cash or a PTBNL. I think it’s a good move for Corey, who stands to get more playing time for the Pads; I think it also shows the front office’s growing confidence in young arms like Craig Hansen and Justin Masterson, who could stick in the Sox bullpen if injuries strike.

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