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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