The Globe reports that the Sox have resigned Mike Timlin for next season at $2.8 million (about a 20% cut from 2006).
In 68 games last year, Timlin's ERA was 4.36. Not a horrible number -- it's a 106 ERA+ -- but his second half was ugly. From July 23: 28.2 innings, 6.91 ERA, 1.81 WHIP, and only 3.8 K/9.
I figured the Sox would let him go, but until Manny Delcarmen and Craig Hansen get their shit together, this is probably not a bad move. Boston may not be able to find six other relievers who would be better than the 41-year-old Timlin, and $3 million is not a lot of dough for what he could give them.
Also, Terry Francona has been hospitalized with an infection in his left foot and will not be going to Japan for the exhibition games next month.