NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: Francisco Cordero #48 of the Cincinnati Reds throws a pitch against the New York Mets in the ninth inning during a game at Citi Field on September 26, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Checking in on the latest on the Red Sox, which looks to be entirely focused on getting the manager hiring process finished with before doing much else:
For now, Red Sox unlikely to pursue top end of starting pitching market - WEEI
"The team already has committed more than $50 million (in both actual salary and payroll as calculated for the luxury tax under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement) to its rotation for the 2012 season, a group that includes two pitchers (Daisuke Matsuzaka and John Lackey) who will miss much to all of next year."
Sox eliminate medical director position - BostonHerald.com
"In an effort that will centralize medical and training personnel and perhaps make them act in more of a consulting role, the team eliminated the position of medical director."
Sources: Red Sox among clubs interested in Cordero - Jon Paul Morosi
"Cordero, 36, is one of the top closers available, now that Jonathan Papelbon is off the board. Cordero averaged nearly 40 saves per season over the past five years, with a 2.97 ERA. He’s coming off a season in which he posted his best WHIP (1.019) since 2002."
Sox, Cubs vie for Dale Sveum - BostonHerald.com
"Sveum has a second interview with the Red Sox today, at which time he’s expected to meet with principal owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner and president Larry Lucchino. But Cherington said the Sox also are planning a follow-up interview with another, yet-to-be-identified finalist."
Big Papi wants to stay with Sox - BostonHerald.com
"Ortiz declined to say how many other teams he has spoken to, reiterating his overwhelming first choice would be to stay in Boston."