Pitchers & Catchers Report to Ft. Myers

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Lots of Sox News For Mid-January (And Some Non-Sox As Well)

Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Aviles both avoided arbitration and signed one-year deals. Ellsbury signed for $8.05 million and Aviles for $1.2 million. That still leaves Alfredo Aceves, Andrew Bailey, Daniel Bard and David Ortiz unsigned.

Papi and the Sox are far apart. It was reported that Ortiz wants $16.5 million, and the Sox are offering $12.65 million. I would bet the ranch they will meet somewhere in the middle.

Carl Crawford had wrist surgery yesterday, after feeling pain there around New Year's Day. The doctors discovered cartilage damage and it was repaired. It isn't known if he'll be ready for Opening Day, but that sure isn't a way to get the fans confidence back after having such a miserable 2011. Let's hope he's ready to go in early April.

Big blow for ex-Sox catcher Victor Martinez, as he suffered a torn ACL in his right knee and may miss the entire 2012 season. He suffered the injury during his off-season workouts.

More really crazy nonsense from crazy, nonsensical screwball sportswriter Wallace Matthews. It's another one of those "if you don't worship the ground Derek Jeter walks on there must be something wrong with you" articles. Here he compares Jeter to Martin Luther King. (With thanks to my friend Jere for letting me know about the article.)

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