Tons of action happening in Boston right now. Don't forget we had some rumors on Cordero earlier as well. Right now we're seeing lots on Sveum, presumably meeting with Red Sox brass, some interest in Matt Capps, an offer to David Ortiz, and a couple cautionary tales:
Here's the latest:
Red Sox closer on Manager Decision, Mackanin out? - @jonmorosi
"Source: #RedSox narrowing managerial search. Pete Mackanin is NOT believed to be a finalist. #Phillies"
Report: Red Sox make offer to Ortiz - The Providence Journal
A major league baseball source has told WEEI.com that the Red Sox have made a contract offer to designated hitter David Ortiz.
Learning the lessons about closers the Phillies didn't learn from Ryan Madson - The Providence Journal
Brian MacPherson makes the completely rational argument that the Red Sox (and every club, essentially) should understand: don't overpay for closers. They're plentiful, replaceable, and their effectiveness is extremely short-lived.
A potential buy-low bullpen option for the Red Sox - WEEI
"According to an industry source, the Sox have checked in with agent Paul Kinzer on the availability of right-hander Matt Capps."
Report: Francona won't manage in 2012 - The Providence Journal
"Some have speculated Francona might join Theo Epstein in Chicago, but Francona told CSNNE.com, 'I don't think it's the right opportunity. I need to take a step back and re-energize. That's probably in my best interest right now. In fairness to myself, it's the best thing to do.'"
A trade revisited: How close was Jacoby Ellsbury for Justin Upton? - WEEI
"Virtually every team in baseball was interested, and the Red Sox were no different. Indeed, the Sox were as aggressive as any team in the majors in trying to pry Upton from the Diamondbacks."