Links: Arbitration, winter league prospects, etc

The Extra Bases blog lists those players who are eligible for salary arbitration this offseason: Jonathan Papelbon, Ramon Ramirez, Hideki Okajima, Jeremy Hermida, Casey Kotchman, Manny Delcarmen, Fernando Cabrera and Brian Anderson. Boston must offer them a contract by December 12, or else they become non-tendered free agents. They consider Cabrera and Anderson likely to be non-tender candidates.

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Links: Mills gone, Sox meet Chapman, more

Brad Mills has been tapped as the new manager of the Houston Astros, and Terry Francona is happy for his good friend. Word is that the Sox may promote from within, and the rumors are swirling around current Pawtucket manager Ron Johnson.

The Red Sox met with Aroldis Chapman this week, but it’s not clear how serious the talks were; he’s met with at least nine other teams, which to me spells bidding war. Meanwhile, Yusei Kikuchi will play for the Seibu Lions in the Nippon League next year.

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2009-10-26 Links: Hoyer gone, Kikuchi says no

Jed Hoyer is going to be the man in San Diego. Congratulations, Jed, you’ve earned the opportunity. The official announcement will happen today.

Peter Abraham reports that Yusei Kikuchi has opted to play Japanese professional baseball first. Also, Brad Mills is one of three finalists in line to be the next manager of the Astros.

10-22-09 Links: Successful surgeries, Aroldis, Kikuchi, staff changes and Bay versus Holliday

Tim Wakefield had successful back surgery yesterday, and is expected to make a full recovery in time for Spring Training 2010. I hope this means he can come back for an encore. Outfield prospect Zach Daeges also had surgery to remove an extra bone in his ankle, which sidelined him for the 2009 season. His prognosis is also good going forward.

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2008 Offseason: Links

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Sox renew five coaches, Alicea walks

Boston will bring back five of its coaches next season, but first base coach Luis Alicea will not be returning. It should be interesting to see who the Sox tap to fill this position. Brad Mills is excellent as a bench coach, and the Red Sox have become much better baserunners since DeMarlo Hale took over as third base coach.

Also, after being waived by the Red Sox, reliever Chris Smith chose to become a free agent today. Hope he catches on somewhere.

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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