MLB Free Agency
As expected, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli and Stephen Drew all rejected the one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer they received from the Red Sox last week and are now unrestricted free agents.
The hot stove is already heating up for the Boston Red Sox.
Shortstop Steven Drew is not expected to accept the Red Sox’ qualifying offer, as his agent Scott Boras reportedly has meetings with other interested teams already set up during next week’s general manager meetings in Orlando.
Tony Massarotti fears that the Red Sox are already feeling the pressure of “feeding the monster” and could very well make the same mistake twice in signing the wrong players.
The Boston Red Sox made qualifying offers to three of their four free-agents-to-be on Monday.
The Boston Red Sox signed starting pitcher Ryan Dempster to a two-year, $26.5 million deal on Thursday, pending a physical.
The Red Sox have reportedly offered catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli a three year deal, but the free agent is holding out for a fourth year, and he may get it from another AL team.
Jon Heman joined Gresh & Zo and talks Sox and the newly acquired Andrew Bailey as well as other hot topics around the MLB.
As other MLB teams get ready to start a bidding war on Japanese Pitching sensation Yu Darvish, it sounds like the Red Sox will sit this one out.
Red Sox reliever Dan Wheeler will decline salary arbitration from the team, according to the Providence Journal.