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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Wakefield, Pedroia can’t overcome Dodgers, 9-6

The Red Sox welcomed the Dodgers and Derek Lowe with a barrage of hits, scoring 5 runs off of him in 2+ innings. They pulled ahead early, only to lose it with some of the secondary relievers late. Pacing the offense were Dustin Pedroia and Sean Casey, with two hits apiece. The lineup exhibited good patience, walking seven times and striking out only five times. They did leave 22 men on base, however.

Tim Wakefield went three scoreless innings in his start, allowing just one hit and fanning three. The man is just going to pitch forever. Reliever David Aardsma, bidding for a bullpen spot, was also impressive, throwing two more scoreless innings. Lee Gronkiewicz surrendered a walk and three hits, including a game-winning grand salami to Jason Repko.

The Sox committed three errors in this one, but they also turned three double plays, so it almost evens out.

Jacoby Ellsbury also notched his first hit of the Spring, a double off of Lowe. Up until now, it’s been exciting with him atop the lineup, but it’s been more heat than light. Let’s hope that changes now that the pressure to get a hit is gone.

Catcher George Kottaras continues to hit, as he singled in the pinch, raising his Spring average to .667.

Sox get three-hit by the Marlins

The Red Sox managed just three hits yesterday against the Florida Marlins in a 3-2 loss. I know it wasn’t the regular offense, and it’s still very early, but come on, these are the Marlins, the team that combined makes less than Manny Ramirez. Boston couldn’t get the offense going, despite a leadoff hit batter and five walks issued by starter Andrew Miller.

After controlling the strike zone early this Spring, the Red Sox staff looked like a mess in this one. Kyle Snyder went three scoreless, surrendering two hits and a walk, but then the troubles set in. Dan Kolb walked three and allowed a hit and a run, getting just one out in the fourth. Lee Gronkiewicz ended the threat, but then struggled some in the fifth inning. Craig Breslow walked two in his scheduled inning, and Justin Masterson struggled in his first outing, walking one and allowing four hits in two innings.

In the B game against the Twins, Josh Beckett started off with a shaky 26-pitch first, but settled down to strike out 5 in three innings of work. He has yet to face anything that resembles a Major League lineup. Michael Bowden looked good in two innings of relief.

Bartolo Colon threw a successful 42-pitch bullpen session, and pitching coach John Farrell was positive about the results. The Sox will have him throw again Wednesday, then schedule some BP against live hitters. Colon appears to be headed for a March 15th Spring debut.

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