Eight Red Sox players become free agents

October, 30, 2011
Eight Red Sox players -- Erik Bedard, J.D. Drew, Conor Jackson, Trever Miller, David Ortiz, Jonathan Papelbon, Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield -- officially became free agents Sunday, though the team does still have a short window exclusivity before they hit the open market.

Until Thursday at 12:01 a.m., the Red Sox are the only team that can sign any of the eight players.

Of the eight, only Papelbon and Ortiz project to be designated as Type A free agents, meaning that if the Red Sox offer arbitration to either and they decline it, they are entitled to two high draft picks if the player signs elsewhere. The Red Sox have until Nov. 23 to decide whether to offer arbitration to any of their free agents.

The Red Sox also have decisions to make soon on two players with team options for 2012: shortstop Marco Scutaro and reliever Dan Wheeler. The team has until the end of Monday to decide whether to pick up Scutaro’s $6 million option (he also has a $3 million player option if the Sox decline) and Wheeler’s $3 million option.

According to the MLBPA, 148 players around baseball officially became free agents Sunday.



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