Red Sox Rumors, Notes: Middlebrooks, 40-Man, Ortiz, Closers

PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 10: U.S. Futures All-Star Will Middlebrooks #16 of the Boston Red Sox throws the ball to first base during the 2011 XM All-Star Futures Game at Chase Field on July 10, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Checking in with the Red Sox, where these new CBA rules could really affect their off-season strategy -- it could mean pursuing a higher-profile closer without losing a draft pick:

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