Sox Increase Pedro Offer. While the Red Sox may have guaranteed Pedro Martinez a third year as part of their contract offer, Tony Massarotti of the Herald says "there were indications yesterday the club was getting frustrated and annoyed at the public manner in which negotiations are being conducted." Then again, in another story also running in today's Herald, Mazz says there is "reason to be optimistic about talks between the Sox and both" Pedro and Varitek. ... So who knows?
Mazz adds that if the Yankees' four-year offer is legit, that "would almost certainly deliver Martinez to New York." I disagree. ... The Red Sox added seven players to their 40-man roster yesterday: lefthander Juan Cedeno, righthander Manny Delcarmen, righthander Luis Mendoza, shortstop Hanley Ramirez, righthander Anibal Sanchez, catcher Kelly Shoppach and righthander Chris Smith. ... The Globe's review of "Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the 2004 Season" by Stewart O'Nan and Stephen King.