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MLB Free Agent Buy-Ins and Cash-Outs

As many Major League clubs look over their rosters, some of them find players that just aren’t needed anymore – players that are just taking up cap room. Here is a list of some big time happenings going on around with the Red Sox alone:

  • On October 31, 2008, the Boston Red Sox picked up Tim Wakefield’s 2009 option which cost them $4-million. In 30 starts in ’08 Wakefield was 10-11 with a 4.13 ERA. Wakefield is working under a contract that allows the Red Sox to renew each year for $4-million.
  • Bartolo Colon filed for free agency Friday. He is 4-2 with a 3.92 ERA.
  • Curt Schilling declared himself for free agency. His surgeon told him that if he wants to pitch again, Schilling will have to let him know by December 1 in order to undergo serious rehabilitation to be back by mid season ’09.

Just another quick note, John Smoltz and Pedro Martinez filed for free agency on Friday, also.


(Editor’s Note: I am in the process of putting together a rather large post on free-agency.  Look out for it later this week).

2 replies on “MLB Free Agent Buy-Ins and Cash-Outs”

What is this post about? There is no cap in baseball. If you said 2009 budget, that makes sense. And if you are talking about big time Red Sox free agents, why is Jason Varitek not mentioned? I also think there are bigger questions with the Sox than 2 aging pitchers in Colon and Schilling.. How about the Lugo situation and what will they do with the outfield? Just my thoughts..


Bud – Thanks for the comment. This post is just some ramblings about what I was seeing in the news at that time. Nothing real big. As Darren said, he will be writing a larger post later on.


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