Red Sox Rumors: Bailey, Cherington, Melancon, Varitek, Punto

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 23: Andrew Bailey #40 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates after defeating the New York Yankees on July 23, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington met with the press and had lots to talk about, including his moves for Mark Melancon, Kelly Shoppach, and Nick Punto. Buster Olney suggests the team is still looking for closers and is currently pursuing Andrew Bailey, and ESPN Boston reminds us that the Cubbies (via Epstein) might be interested in bringing in Varitek and/or Wakefield:

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