Red Sox haven't set deadlines, but are getting ready to move forward

Rob Bradford
November 30, 2013 - 7:57 am

According to a major league source, the Red Sox haven't set a deadline for any of their unsigned free agents to accept the club's offers, but are "certainly working on other options, also." Another source has confirmed that the Red Sox have told at least one of the free agents whom they have offered a contract to that the team is nearing a point where they hope to decide between alternatives. The Red Sox have already expressed interest in bringing back free agents Stephen Drew, Mike Napoli and Jacoby Ellsbury -- first by extending qualifying offers, before circling back with alternative contract offers after the one-year, $14.1 million deals were rejected --along with Jarrod Saltalamacchia. (While the catcher wasn't offered a qualifying offer the Sox have extended a two-year deal at a lower annual average.) The winter meetings, which will be held in Orlando from Dec. 9-12, have served as the launching point for some of the Red Sox biggest offseason moves in two of the last three years. The Sox traded for Adrian Gonzalez the night before the winter meetings in 2010, before signing free agent Carl Crawford three days later. And last year, Napoli's original three-year agreement was finalized the first morning of the meetings, with Shane Victorino coming to terms a day later.