According to a source, outfielder Carl Crawford passed his physical with the Red Sox on Friday, making the seven-year, $142 contract he signed with the Red Sox this week official. 

 

In nine seasons with the Rays, Crawford hit .296/.337/.444 with 409 stolen bases and 765 runs. He hit .307/.356/.495/.851 with a career-high 19 homers in 2010.

 

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According to a major league source, the Red Sox have extended an offer to free agent pitcher Matt Guerrier. It had been reported earlier in the offseason the Sox did have interest in the 32-year-old righty, who finished with a 3.17 ERA in 74 games with Minnesota in 2010. Guerrier would not cost a draft pick if signed after the Twins failed to offer him arbitration. Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein confirmed Tuesday at the winter meetings that the team had made offers to some free agent relief pitchers.

According to an ESPN.com report, the Red Sox have made an offer to free agent catcher Russell Martin. The 27-year-old hit .248/.347/.332 for the Dodgers last season, a campaign in which he was limited to 97 games by a torn labrum. He was non-tendered by the Dodgers earlier in the month.

 

Martin is also believed to be receiving interest from the Yankees and Blue Jays. He has hit .272/.365/.396 in his five-season career. 

 

If the reports that Adrian Gonzalez and the Red Sox have a deal in place for seven years and $154 million are true, the first baseman doesn't want it known. In a recent interview with a Mexican baseball blog, Gonzalez denied the agreement. 

 

"Nothing about that is true," Gonzalez told Puro Beisbol. "It's false. I haven't signed any contract."

 

ESPN baseball analyst John Kruk joined The Big Show on Thursday, praising the Red Sox for the signing of Carl Crawford and noting that it is now crucial for the Yankees to sign free-agent starter Cliff Lee.

 

"It's imperative," Kruk said. "Not just because he's left handed, but because Phil Hughes and CC Sabathia are the only to starters that are dependable. They need another one if they want to compete."

 

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- It may not seem like it right now, in the aftermath of a pair of staggering acquisitions, but the Red Sox operate within budgets.



LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Red Sox lost a pair of pitching prospects in Thursday's Rule 5 draft, as the Rays selected left-hander Cesar Cabral and the Yankees chose righty Daniel Turpen.

 

Cabral, 21, was dominant for Single-A Greenville in 2010, posting an ERA of 0.29 in 31 1/3 innings out of the bullpen. He struggled, however, after being promoted to Salem, where his ERA jumped to 5.81.

 

According to a tweet from Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated, the Yankees have now added a seventh year to their contract offer for free-agent pitcher Cliff Lee. It is believed that the club's previous offer was for six years and $140 million. 

 

Considered by most to be the top pitcher on the free-agent market, Lee posted a 12-9 record with an ERA of 3.18 and led the major leagues in both WHIP (1.00) and K/BB ratio (10.3) for the Mariners and Rangers in 2010.

 

According to a report from Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Red Sox offered free agent pitcher Cliff Lee a seven-year deal this week. Rosenthal cites a source from another team as saying that Boston gave the pitcher a low-ball offer regarding dollars so Lee's camp could use the seventh year to get the Yankees to up their offer. The Yankees have reportedly offered Lee a six-year deal worth between $138 million and $150 million, with Lee wanting a seventh year. 

 

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — According to a source familiar with the discussions, the Yankees never made an offer to free agent outfielder Carl Crawford before he reached his stunning seven-year, $142 million deal with the Red Sox. The Angels were viewed by the industry as the front-runner for Crawford’s services, but one source suggested that the Halos had only gone to $108 million, though it was not clear what the term of that offer was. For more Red Sox coverage see the team page at weei.com/redsox.