2009 Offseason: Extension talks for Bay, interest in Montero

The Red Sox want to approach Jason Bay about a contract extension, but only after all the other big free agent outfielders sign this year. The strategy is clear; with free agent salaries on the decline, it makes sense for Theo Epstein to wait and watch players like Bobby Abreu sign for just $12M/season or so, then use that leverage to sign Bay to a below-market deal.

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2009 Offseason: Should we bite on Michael Young?

The Texas Rangers managed to anger their 5-time All-Star shortstop Michael Young by calling him up and telling him rather plainly that he would be moved to third base so that young Elvis Andrus would have a chance to prove himself in 2009. Is Jon Daniels crazy? You don’t tell an established player something like that, you ask very politely. Young is said to be livid with the team, and has demanded a trade, though Daniels is trying to downplay that word “demand”. Hmm, a shortstop who can hit? And the Rangers have to unload him? This situation has the word bargain all over it; could Young be a fit for the Red Sox?

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14-7: Buchholz, Sox sweep Rangers 8-3

In the annual early Patriot’s Day game, Clay Buchholz (1-1) faced his former teammate Kason Gabbard and worked through some early jams to earn his first win of the season, and a four-game sweep of the Texas Rangers. A costly error and some defensive gaffes cost the Rangers, as they fell 8-3.

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