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No More Otsuka to Boston?

Sounds like the Red Sox have (once again) found they're closer: Jonathan Paplebon.  Peter Gammons is reporting it in his ESPN Insider Blog:

http://insider.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?name=gammons_peter

In there, he mentions two interesting things.  First, Paplebon went to Boston management to request to be a closer again because of what he views as a very succesful offseason training program and because that's what he did in college (and last year).  The other interesting thing is that Gammons lists 3 trade options for the Red Sox closer role: Lidge (not realistic), Chad Cordero (too high an asking price PLUS they're not "enamored" with his stuff), and Otsuka, who he says the Rangers aren't giving away.

Obviously we weren't giving him away, but do they really think so highly of their prospects that they don't want to part with any of them in return for keeping Paplebon in the rotation?  Curious.  To be fair, they're now saying that Paplebon may not have the stamina to go more than 5 innings an outing, but I wonder how much of this is just leaked information to make this seem like the best/only option.

Anyways, that sucks for Aki as I'm assuming he's not beating out someone the Rangers payed $6 million for this year unless things go drastically wrong.  Maybe they can find someone else...

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