The Sox were working on final details of a contract for righthanded reliever Rudy Seanez, who will join the setup mix after putting up impressive numbers last season for the Padres (7-1, 2.69 ERA, 84 Ks and 22 BBs in 60 1/3 innings).
''We're hoping by the middle of the week we'll have it done. We're working very diligently," said agent Alan Nero of CSMG Sports.
Nero said three teams (Red Sox, Dodgers, and Braves) made solid offers. ''The offers were similar," he said.
''Rudy had a very short stint with the Sox. He feels he's got a little bit to prove."
Seanez, 38, appeared in nine games for the Sox in 2003 but was ineffective.
Excerpted from the Red Sox notebook in today's Boston Globe.