According to ESPN.com, which cited a team source, the Red Sox do not plan to tender a contract to left-handed reliever Hideki Okajima. The decision would mean that Okajima is a free agent.

 

According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports (via twitter), the Red Sox will meet with agent Scott Boras on Thursday to discuss a pair of his clients, third baseman Adrian Beltre and outfielder Jayson Werth.

 

Werth and Beltre, along with outfielder Carl Crawford, are viewed as the three premier position players on the market this offseason. The Sox, Brown reported earlier on Wednesday, met with Crawford in Houston to discuss the team's interest in him.

 

According to a team press release, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed a pair of players with ties to the Red Sox to minor league deals that include invitations to major league spring training.

 

Former Red Sox outfielder Wily Mo Pena -- who was acquired by the Sox in a trade for pitcher Bronson Arroyo in spring training of 2006 -- signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to a baseball source. Pena will receive an invite to big league spring training. If he makes the big league roster, he would receive $675,000.

 

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia joined The Big Show for the "Laser Show" segment on Wednesday, discussing all things Red Sox. Pedroia also gave an update on his left foot, which he broke a bone in on June 25 on a play in which he fouled a ball off himself. The 2008 AL MVP missed all but two of the remaining games in the season, but on Wednesday said that after encouraging words from foot specialist Dr. George Theodore, he is on track to be at full strength in spring training. 

 

According to Yahoo! Sports' Tim Brown (via twitter), the Red Sox are "serious" about signing free agent outfielder Carl Crawford. Citing a source within the Red Sox organization, Brown writes that the team has been in Houston meeting with Crawford and his representatives. 

 

Crawford, 29, has spent each of his nine seasons playing for Tampa Bay. Last season, he hit .307/.356./.495 with 19 homers, 90 RBI, and 47 stolen bases. He has 409 career stolen bases.

 

As expected, the Red Sox confirmed that free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre is turning down the team's offer of salary arbitration. Beltre had already declined a $10 million player option with the Sox for the 2011 season after having a tremendous season in Boston (.321 with a .919 OPS, 28 homers, 102 RBI) while playing on a one-year contract.

 

The Red Sox announced their spring training schedule on Tuesday. Seventeen of the 36 games will be played at City of Palms Park.

 

Their spring play will begin with games against Boston College and Northeastern University on Saturday, Feb. 26. The Grapefruit League schedule will begin with a game against the Twins at Hammond Stadium on Feb. 27. The two teams will play the following day at City of Palms Park, with the Mayor's Cup rivals playing five games total against one another throughout the spring. 

 

Free agent infielder Felipe Lopez declined the Red Sox' offer of salary arbitration, meaning that the team will receive a compensatory draft pick in the sandwich round should he sign with another club. Lopez signed with the Sox for the last nine days of the season after he was released by the Cardinals in September. The Padres claimed him on release waivers, but Lopez declined, instead electing to sign with the Sox (who not only paid him the remainder of what he was owed for the 2010 season, but also added a team option, which they subsequently declined).

 

With the absence of Victor Martinez, Mike Cameron's bat against left-handers might become important to the Red Sox in 2011. (AP)There were just a few days of the 2010 season left when Mike Cameron sat in front of his locker at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, addressing his future.



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