Theo Epstein said only that the club was "in the middle" of negotiations on several fronts. However, the ProJo reports Theo has made three offers to free agents -- and Tek was supposedly one of them. Epstein: "It's kind of a fine line between offers and non-offers."
The Red Sox have asked for and received John Smoltz's medical records (he pitched only 28 innings last year before having right shoulder surgery). Smoltz turns 42 next May. In each of his last three full seasons (2005-07), he pitched more than 200 innings and had ERA+s of 138, 127, and 137. Epstein:
If you look at the history of free-agent pitching, the best signings -- or the best values for signings -- are the ones that are the shortest, smallest investment -- buying low. Especially if you have a solid pitching foundation already and you're not desperate. ... The huge contracts, long-term megadeals for pitchers haven't really worked out. We've been, for the most part, able to stay away from that.Sean McAdam of the Herald says Mark Teixeira has received two firm offers: 8/180 from the Nationals (MLB says 8/160) and 7/150 from the Orioles. The Red Sox have not made an official offer.
ESPN's Steve Phillips says the Red Sox and the Diamondbacks are discussing a Julio Lugo for Eric Byrnes swap. Ugggh. ... Boston nabbed RHP Miguel Gonzalez from the Angels in the Rule 5 draft. ... The Sox are interested in Carl Pavano. Getting him on the cheap and having him do well, especially against the Yankees, would be absolutely hilarious.