The Red Sox avoided arbitration by agreeing on a $2.75 million contract for 2006 with Coco Crisp. The center fielder is under Boston's control through 2009. After finally announcing its deal with shortstop Alex Gonzalez, the club designated Roberto Petagine for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.
Red Sox BlogWatch: Red loves Manny like I love Manny. ... Randy looks at the Sox' top prospects for 2006. ... I hate the useless Super Bowl, too. ... Andrew is hooked on the Iditarod. ... Alligator Button links to three good articles on fielding. ... BS Memorial wants a DR hat for the WBC.
And speaking of hats, never forget The Power Of The Hat (from November 2004). Never.