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Red Sox Hot Stove Notes: Okajima, Arbitration, Other Moves

Hideki Okajima

The Red Sox have been pretty active lately in shaping their 2010 squad, and after making a few signings, this week they face arbitration with four other players: Jonathan Papelbon, Manny Delcarmen, Ramon S. Ramirez, and Jeremy Hermida. Usually, the Red Sox manage to reach deals before going to arbitration, but that may not be the case this go-around with Papelbon, who earned $6.5 million last year. Expect the others to reach contract agreements before Tuesday’s deadline.

Theo Epstein still has much to do before the season, but at this point, the team’s final roster is starting to take shape. Here are a few of the recent moves made by the team:

  • The Red Sox signed reliever Hideki Okajima to a one-year deal worth $2.75 million to avoid arbitration. Okajima, the team’s primary lefthanded set-up man, went 6-0 with a 3.39 ERA in 68 games last season.
  • In addition to signing 41-year-old lefty Brian Shouse to a minor-league deal, the Sox signed six others to minor-league contracts: right-handers Fernando Cabrera, Edwin Moreno and Jorge Sosa, infielders Angel Sanchez and Gil Velazquez, and outfielder Darnell McDonald.
  • 30-year-old knuckleballer Charlie Zink, who spent parts of eight years in the Red Sox minor league system, signed a minor-league deal with the St. Louis Cardinals. He hopes to compete for a spot in their Triple-A rotation, or even a spot as the team’s fifth starter on the major league level. Zink pitched in just one game with the Red Sox major league club, earning the no-decision after allowing eight runs over 4.1 innings in a wild 19-17 Red Sox win.
  • Former Sox outfielder Rocco Baldelli may be on the verge of signing with the Yankees, according to Pete Caldera of As Boston’s fourth outfielder in 2009, Baledelli hit .253 with 7 HR and 23 RBI.

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