Red Sox Rumors: Sizemore, Shortstops, Sabathia

The latest Red Sox rumors, courtesy of Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald

  • The Red Sox are expected to explore signing free agent Grady Sizemore as a right field option, a team source tells Silverman.  Sizemore would not rule out playing a corner outfield position for the first time in his MLB career, said agent Joe Urbon.  An incentive-laden contract for Sizemore would likely include a player option, writes Silverman.  Sizemore ranks 26th on my top 50 free agents list.
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  • In declining Dan Wheeler's $3MM option yesterday, new Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said, "We didn’t feel like we could commit to that money this early in the offseason."
  • Cherington hinted that the team's shortstop surplus could be helpful on the trade market.
  • The Red Sox made no offer for Derek Lowe, said Cherington.
  • The Red Sox were "expected to go after C.C. Sabathia hard, if only to drive his price tag in New York higher," hears Silverman.  Sabathia completed a contract extension last night.
  • Though Commissioner Bud Selig could step in as early as today to resolve the Theo Epstein compensation talks, Silverman doesn't think it's a hard deadline.