The Eddie Kranepool Society

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

From The Boston Herald on the status of 2nd basemanTony Graffanino: {Under major league rules, Graffanino is guaranteed one-sixth of his salary, about $341,667, through tomorrow. Unless Graffanino is released before the end of the day, the guaranteed portion of his contract will increase to one-fourth, or $512,500. Graffanino�s contract would not become fully guaranteed until March 29, the date any club can ask for release waivers before being obligated to pay the entire contract. While Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein indicated the team was not currently close to any deals, the issue for the club is now obvious. If the Sox hold onto Graffanino but fail to deal him before March 29, they will incur an additional cost of roughly $170,000 to keep the player for another two weeks. As things stand, a number of clubs appear to have interest in the second baseman, including the New York Mets and Chicago Cubs. But given that Graffanino will start costing the Sox more with each passing day in camp, neither club might be willing to part with the talent necessary to make a trade. } And acording to ESPN's Buster Onley, the Red Sox are looking to add either David Wells, Matt Clement or Bronson Aroyo in deal. Think that may pique Omar's interest? < |