Rumors out today that the Red Sox are in talks with John Smoltz for a $5.5 million deal with $5 million in incentives. Smoltz, 41, has pitched 708 games for the Braves and was out last season after shoulder surgery. There have been people close to Smoltz saying he is making an amazing recovery. This year the Braves have lost out trying to sign Jake Peavy and AJ Burnett, losing Smoltz could be a big hit to the team. For the Red Sox this could be a big move singing Smoltz would give them six great starters and Smoltz could help out if they run into injuries or pitchers need rest. This also gives the Red Sox the option to trade one of there super star pitchers if needed. Braves better get moving to land some players or this year is going to a rough season for Atlanta.
Its not the first time Josh Bard has played for the Red Sox back in 2006 he played seven games and struggled. Now the Red Sox are giving him a second chance with a one year non-guaranteed contract with an team option for 2010. After 2006 he was traded to San Diego with Cla Meredith to pick up catcher Doug Mirabelli. With Jason Varitek being 46 and a free agent the Sox need to start looking at there catchers. Brad 30 batted .202 with one homer and 16 RBIs in 178 at bats for the Padres in 2008 and had a sprained ankle which put him on the DL for some time. His career average is .265 with 28 HR and 168 RBIs in 431 games.
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BOSTON (AP)—Dustin Pedroia has a Rookie of the Year award, an MVP, a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger and, of course, a World Series ring.
And now he’s got the big-bucks contract befitting one of the most decorated young players in baseball.
The Red Sox second baseman, who earned $457,000 last season while winning the AL Most Valuable Player award, agreed Wednesday to a $40.5 million, six-year contract that could keep in Boston through at least 2014.
“I wanted to be here a long time,” Pedroia said at a Fenway Park news conference. “Hopefully in the next six years we can win some championships.”
Heading into his third year in the majors, the 5-foot-9 second baseman has already joined Cal Ripken Jr. and Ryan Howard as the only players in baseball history to follow a rookie award with an MVP. Pedroia led the AL with 213 hits, 118 runs and 54 doubles while batting .326 with 17 home runs, 83 RBIs 20 stolen bases