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 ALCS: The morning after game 7

First of all, congratulations to the Tampa Bay Rays on your World Series berth. You definitely outplayed us last night, and deserve the chance to crown this magical season with the championship trophy. You have outperformed everyone’s expectations, including mine, and I am very happy for your organization and fans to taste this kind of success after so many years of just existing.

I’m still proud of our guys, BTW. The Red Sox were pretty beaten up this year, but they played hard and showed some real mettle by pushing this series to seven games. I still gotta think that if Josh Beckett, David Ortiz and Mike Lowell and had been healthy, we’re going to Philadelphia. No excuses, though; we were outpitched and outhit in this ALCS. I won’t say that their defense or baserunning or “clutchness” was better, because they weren’t.

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September 1: Nobody new (yet)

The MLB roster expansion has occurred, yet the Red Sox roster has not expanded by even one player. This is because Triple-A Pawtucket is very much in the hunt for the International League Governor’s Cup, and the management doesn’t want to cripple them in a critical playoff run unnecessarily. The PawSox won a franchise-record 85 games this season, and the front office likes to see young players perform under playoff pressure. Once Pawtucket’s season ends (the earliest that could happen is September 5th, if the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees happen to sweep them), you’re likely to see a few familiar faces that flashed through the bigs this season.

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Bowden to start tonight

In a last minute change, the Red Sox have pushed David Pauley out to the bullpen and called up Michael Bowden to make his Major League debut tonight against the Chicago White Sox. Just 21 years old, Bowden has made a rapid ascent this season, and finally joins his good friend Justin Masterson on the big league club. I expect him to give us 5 decent innings, and if he can hold them to three runs or less, I’ll be happy.

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Sox sign Ross to a minor-league deal

The Red Sox signed newly-released catcher David Ross to a minor league contract today, adding some needed catching depth behind Jason Varitek. I think the Sox are just picking him up as insurance, and we’ll see him on this roster come September for sure. There is no record that he’s good catching knuckleballs, so I’ll assume for now he isn’t replacing Kevin Cash on this roster yet. Despite his long drive yesterday, Cash is a lifetime .180 hitter and not considered a Major League starter. He should have a spot on this year’s team as long as Tim Wakefield is pitching every five days. As Ken Rosenthal notes, in order to be eligible for the playoffs, Ross has to be called up before the expansion deadline.

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