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Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  December 13, 2010 02:02 PM

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Cliff Lee
Starting pitcher
Last updated: 12/13, 12:57 p.m.

Rangers, Yankees still waiting on Lee

Multiple reporters have suggested that free agent lefthander Cliff Lee will make a decision between the Rangers and Yankees this week. The Rangers presented contract proposals to Lee on Thursday night in Little Rock, Ark. hoping to resurrect their chances of re-signing the top free-agent pitcher on the market. Shortly after the news broke that Carl Crawford would be joining the Red Sox, the Yankees reportedly guaranteed a seventh year in a new offer to Lee. That's up from a six-year proposal worth nearly $140 million.
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Russell Martin
Catcher
Last updated: 12/13, 1:55 p.m.

Yankees aggressively pursuing Russell Martin

ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted that the Yankees are aggressively pursuing free agent catcher Russell Martin. Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News tweets that the Red Sox appear to be the top choce of free agent catch Russell Martin, who has offers from the Yankees and Blue Jays in addition to Boston. Martin started only 89 games last season because of a hip injury.
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Scott Downs
Relief pitcher
Last updated: 12/09, 3:34 p.m.

Sox may be favorites to get Downs

Other teams believe the Red Sox will sign lefty reliever Scott Downs, according to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse. The Sox might be willing to give up a draft pick in order to acquire Downs, a source tells WEEI's Alex Speier. Downs is a Type A reliever, meaning the Blue Jays would be owed a Sox draft pick if the Sox were to sign him. The 34-year-old Downs may be the top left-handed specialist on the market. He posted a 2.64 ERA and had 7 strikouts per 9 innings last season.
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Mike Cameron
Outfielder
Last updated: 12/09, 3:44 p.m.

Teams asking about Cameron

Since signing Carl Crawford, the Red Sox have already received several inquiries regarding the availability of outfielder Mike Cameron, according to ESPN's Jayson Stark on Twitter. Stark tweets that the Sox are telling teams they plan to keep Cameron but will listen [to offers].
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Brian Fuentes
Relief pitcher
Last updated: 12/07, 3:51 p.m.

Epstein targeting Fuentes

Red Sox GM Theo Epstein said Monday that he plans to acquire at least two relievers via trade or free agency. The Red Sox were expected to meet with left-hander Brian Fuentes on Tuesday. Fuentes, who had 48 saves for the Angels in 2009 and a combined 24 saves for the Angels and Twins last season, may have to settle for a setup role if he is unable to land a job as a closer. Ron Mahay and Koji Uehara are also possible targets to bolster the bullpen.
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Magglio Ordonez
Outfielder
Last updated: 12/07, 2:15 p.m.

Ordonez heads list of righthanded bats

This from the Globe's Nick Cafardo: The next order of business for the Red Sox might be to find a righthanded bat to play leftfield. While veteran Mike Cameron is aboard, the Sox may try to add another. After all they were after Jayson Werth for a spell and hoped to add someone of that quality along with Adrian Gonzalez. One interesting name to ponder is Magglio Ordonez, a free-agent coming off an injury who the Red Sox nearly traded Nomar Garciaparra for. Ordonez is still a very good hitter though it appears the Detroit Tigers may soon make a run to keep him. The White Sox' Carlos Quentin is another name, though the price may be steep. Jermaine Dye, who sat out last year but is planning to return, is also a possibility and someone who is familiar with Terry Francona.
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Justin Upton
Outfielder
Last updated: 12/07, 12:33 p.m.

Upton likely to stay in Arizona

Arizona GM Kevin Towers just took Justin Upton off the market. So you can forget the idea of the Red Sox trading for him. "It's highly unlikely Justin Upton leaves the desert," Towers told the Globe's Peter Abraham. At this point, the Sox are unlikely to have enough prospects to complete the deal anyways, unless they want to deal away Ryan Kalish, Jose Iglesias, Drake Britton, Felix Doubront or Stolmy Pimentel.
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Adrian Beltre
Third baseman
Last updated: 12/07, 11:04 a.m.

Options drying up for Beltre

Theo Epstein said he hoped he'd have an Adrian in his infield next season, but the Sox signed Gonzalez, leaving little room for Beltre. This from the Globe's Nick Cafardo: With the Orioles trading for third baseman Mark Reynolds with the Diamondbacks that would seem to take them out of the Beltre market. The A's are also out after they felt snubbed by Beltre the past two years. Who's left? The ideal spot for Beltre would be the Angels, close to his LA home, who are still the frontrunners. But if the Angels are in on Carl Crawford, would they sign both?
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Jayson Werth
Outfielder
Last updated: 12/05, 5:50 p.m.

Werth, Nationals agree

Right fielder Jayson Werth agreed to a $126 million, seven-year contract with the Washington Nationals. The 31-year-old Werth was also being pursued by the Red Sox, but Washington's offer was likely far more than the Sox could have given.
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Victor Martinez
Catcher
Last updated: 11/23, 12:24 p.m.

Martinez signs with Tigers

Victor Martinez's four-year, $50 million deal with the Detroit Tigers did not catch the Red Sox by surprise. For several days, the Tigers had pushed Martinez to make a quick decision and had a deal in place Monday night. The Red Sox constructed two offers for Martinez: three years and $36 million or four years and $42 million. Historically, catchers decline rapidly in their mid 30s and Martinez will turn 32 in December. The Sox were willing to gamble on Martinez staying healthy and productive but only to a point. Martinez hit .302 with a .351 on-base percentage and a .493 slugging percentage for the Red Sox last season. As a catcher, those are tremendous statistics. But as a first baseman or designated hitter, Martinez would not be nearly as valuable at $12.5 million a year.

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