Sox decline Foulke

The Sox have decided not to exercise their option on Keith Foulke for the 2007 season. If the team had done so, they would have owed the relief pitcher $7.5 million.

Now, the clock starts ticking for Foulke, who has 48 hours to decide if he wants to exercise his player option for next season. That would pay him $3.75 million to pitch for the Sox.

By not excersing their option, the Sox already owe Foulke a $1.5 million buyout. That means if he decides to exercise his option, he would get that $1.5 million plus the $3.75 million for 2007.

“The team option is not going to be exercised, [we’re doing it] one day early,” Theo Epstein said today. “Keith has until Friday to make a decision on the player option. I’ve had some discussion with his agent but obviously it’s a private matter.”


Foulke, the Sox closer in their World Series season of 2004, was hampered by injuries to both knees all during the last two seasons.

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