If the Red Sox can't reach contract agreements with Papelbon or Lopez by next week, salary arbitration figures will be exchanged between the players and the club.Papelbon was paid $775,000 in 2008.
Even if that ends up happening, expect the Red Sox to at least sign Papelbon and Lopez to one-year deals before arbitration is necessary.
This is Theo Epstein's seventh winter as the Red Sox's general manager, and he has never gone to arbitration.
David Ortiz says if his left wrist is healthy, he will play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic. ... Daisuke Matsuzaka will work out on his own in Japan and not arrive in camp until after the WBC (which ends March 23).
Mark Kotsay finalized a $1.5 million contract for 2009. It includes performance bonuses of $200,000 for 300, 350, 400, 450, and 500 plate appearances.
Theo Epstein says that if "if nothing makes sense" regarding a trade or resigning Jason Varitek, the Red Sox are prepared to go to spring training with catchers Josh Bard, Dusty Brown and George Kottaras.
We'd like to find another catcher. If we can't, we're pretty confident with what we have. We trust Josh. The other two were a pretty good platoon. We'd like to add another. But we'll see.