Good news for the Red Sox. With Josh Beckett signed for next year, things should settle down for the Red Sox Nation. I do expect Wells to be traded during spring training, but I don't expect Manny to be traded at this late date. It just isn't possible, with Manny's contract, to get an even trade.
BostonHerald.com - Boston Red Sox: Sox give Beckett $4.325M
The 25-year-old right-hander sought $4.9 million while the Sox offered $3.75 million. The sides reached an agreement at the midpoint. Beckett earned $2.45 million in 2005, when he went 15-8 with a 3.38 ERA. He is eligible for free agency after his first season with the Red Sox and the team has indicated that it didn’t expect to begin negotiating a new deal with Beckett until during or after the season.
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BostonHerald.com - Boston Red Sox: Crisp agrees to $2.75 million, one-year deal
New Boston center fielder Coco Crisp avoided arbitration by agreeing Monday to a $2.75 million, one-year contract with the Red Sox, who also announced their $3 million deal with free-agent shortstop Alex Gonzalez.