The rules governing free agency have changed and players no longer have to file. Their status changes automatically after the World Series ends. So catchers Victor Martinez and Jason Varitek are now FAs and the Red Sox have a five-day window of exclusivity.
Boston also has three days to decide on team options for David Ortiz ($12.5 million), Bill Hall ($9.25), and Scott Atchison. Hall's option will not be picked up, but the team may try to sign him at a lower figure.
Adrian Beltre has a $10 million player option, which he clearly will decline.
WEEI's Full Count blog has video of Kevin Youkilis at the University of Cincinnati. He has been working out at third base.
Yesterday, Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg expressed his disgust at the behaviour of Yankees fans during the ALCS (Cliff Lee's wife said the players' wives were taunted, spit at, and had beer thrown at them):
I thought Yankee fans, frankly, were awful. They were either violent or apathetic, neither of which is good. So I thought Yankee fans were by far the worst of any I've seen in the postseason. I thought they were an embarrassment.After getting a call from Bud Selig, Greenberg changed his tune: "Earlier today ... I unfairly and inaccurately disparaged fans of the New York Yankees. ... Yankees fans are among the most passionate and supportive in all of baseball."
The only players with game-winning RBIs in two clinching World Series games? Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, and Edgar Renteria. (Plus he was nice enough to make the final out in 2004.)