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Theo: Sox made offer to a free agent

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  November 13, 2006 08:38 AM

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NAPLES, Fla. -- Red Sox GM Theo Epstein said he made an offer to a free agent, but would not disclose who it was.

One possibility could be J.D. Drew, who could play center or right field, or Julio Lugo, who can play shortstop or second base.

"We've been in contact with numerous agents and we're at different stages with many of them," Epstein said. "We'll continue to talk to teams. I know we have one meeting scheduled with a team tomorrow."

Two teams struck quickly on offseason moves with the Yankees, who had traded Gary Sheffield to Detroit for three minor league pitchers on Friday, sending Jaret Wright and $4 million of Wright's $7 million salary to Baltimore for reliever Chris Britton. The Cubs also made a huge signing inking third baseman Aramis Ramirez, who was going to be one of the most popular players in free agency, including interest from the Red Sox, to a 5-year, $73 million deal. The Cubs also re-signed righty Kerry Wood, another player who interested the Red Sox.

In addition to Matsuzaka, the Red Sox might also have posted a bid on Yakult Swallows third baseman Akinori Iwamura, who hit .311 with 32 homers and 77 RBIs. An announcement on that bid could come Friday.

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