The Red Sox have been doing a little shopping of their own, and may be close to a deal with Junichi Tazawa .

The 22-year-old right-hander contacted the Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners and Atlanta Braves on Friday to reject their offers, Kyodo News agency reported Friday.

Tazawa is expected to hold a news conference early next week to announce his decision. He reportedly received offers from the Rangers, Braves, Mariners and Red Sox.

Thanksgiving has been a bountiful holiday for Theo; we all know what happened in 2003.

That’s right, Curt will not be blogging on 38 Pitches anymore, he’ll be found on

The Red Sox also hired former Tampa Bay infield and baserunning coach Tim Bogar to replace Luis Alicea as first base coach. Alicea was the only member of the 2008 coaching staff not offered a contract.

Time to go make some turkey pancakes.