LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — I ran into Theo Epstein after today’s Rule V draft, and he said he was on the way out. But that doesn’t mean business is done.
According to a source, talks between the Red Sox and agent Scott Boras have heated up regarding free agent closer Eric Gagne. “Talks are moving along”, one source said. The Sox were expected to talk again wIth Boras this afternoon, the source added.
The biggest obstacle to a deal could be the amount of guaranteed money Boras is seeking for Gagne, who has been limited to 15 1/3 innings over the last two years because of elbow and back surgeries. One GM said that Boras was asking in excess of $5 million guaranteed.
In other news, the Sox selected righthander Nick Debarr in today’s Rule V draft. He is relief pitcher in the Devil Rays organization coming off Tommy John surgery in 2005.