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Sox seeking potential closers

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  December 4, 2006 01:59 PM

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- One Milwaukee Brewers official said this afternoon the Red Sox have made an inquiry on embattled former closer Derrick Turnbow, who after making the National League All-Star team came unglued in July, when he was 1 for 5 in save chances and had a 21.32 ERA and lost his closer job.

Turnbow, throws 97-98 mph and has had superb stretches the past two years. But when he goes bad, he really goes bad.

In '05, Turnbow saved 39 of 43 chances, but after the All-Star break in '06 his season fell apart. He wound up with a 4-9 record and a 6.87 ERA in 64 appearances.

Is he a guy that new Sox pitching coach John Farrell could turn around? Maybe. But the Red Sox wouldn't feel right giving Turnbow the ball as a closer. There's mixed reaction to Turnbow among the Sox brass. Is he a reliever that could enter the bullpen mix? Perhaps. It's an option the Sox will keep open.

Agent Dan Horwitz, who represents Keith Foulke, was also making his pitch to Theo Epstein on Octavio Dotel.

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