Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports had an e-mail exchange Friday with free agent Paul Byrd.
Byrd wrote that he is "still thinking possible retirement or maybe a mid-season joining of a team with a need." Brown seems to think that Byrd might be joking about retirement, but points out that he declined an arbitration offer from the Red Sox three weeks ago, so he may be serious. The 38-year-old right-hander was 11-12 last season with a 4.60 ERA, playing for both Boston and Cleveland.