Red Sox Notes: Ross, Jackson, Payroll

The Red Sox freed up some spending room last week by sending Marco Scutaro to Colorado, and today it was reported that the club has made offers to both Roy Oswalt and Edwin Jackson.  Here's the latest on the BoSox..

  • The Red Sox are in the process of “exploring everything” with regards to freeing up a spot on the 40-man roster after signing Cody Ross, a team source tells Alex Speier of  At the moment, the source says, there’s no sense that the team will consider a “significant” move with regards to its roster.  The most straightforward way to make room for the club might be to deal one of their many out-of-options pitchers.  Boston is also carrying six outfielders on their 40-man roster.
  • According to a major league source, the Red Sox are more likely to address their starting rotation needs through free agency than via a trade, writes Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald.  Lauber also spoke to Scott Boras who declined to confirm the Red Sox's reported offer to Jackson.
  • More from Lauber (via Twitter) as a major league source says that the money saved by trading Scutaro is "not a hard number," meaning that the Red Sox may be able to spend more to land a starter and/or shortstop.
  • In an interview on WEEI this afternoon, Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said that there was no instruction from ownership to stay under the luxury tax threshold of $178MM, writes Rob Bradford of