The Red Sox showed interest in Soriano, and appeared willing to do a one-year deal for him to be their closer. Had that happened, Boston would have found a new home for Papelbon, probably Oakland or the White Sox. … The Red Sox talked to the A’s and White Sox about Papelbon. But the A’s wound up signing Brian Fuentes and Grant Balfour to bolster their bullpen in what turned out to be a solid winter for them despite their failure to land third baseman Adrian Beltre. The White Sox signed Crain but will likely try Matt Thornton as their closer, with 2010 draft phenom Chris Sale also a possibility. Sale might also start the year as the fifth starter and stay in the rotation until Jake Peavy returns. The team sees Peavy’s likely return date as sometime around June.
January 21, 2011
Papelbon got $12 million for 2011. I don’t think the White Sox wanted any part of that!