At The Ballyard ... with Steve Weissman

Monday, February 06, 2006

One Nation, Under Contract

– Red Sox, Crisp Agree to Terms, Avoid Arbitration: That’s All, Folks! –

The Red Sox today announced the team has agreed to terms with newly-acquired outfielder Coco Crisp, a move that takes the latter’s arbitration session off the calendar and, coupled with the reaching of terms with Josh Beckett over the weekend, brings the number of Sox players still left in arbitration to zero.

This fact is noteworthy only to those citizens of Red Sox Nation who feared six weeks ago that the club would have literal holes in its lineup and lots of contention in spring training. Instead, a full roster of players will soon appear in South Florida, and while nearly half of them will be strangers, they will cover the entire field and will not require an arbitrator's attention.

And boy! will they cover the field – hang on, Sox fans: you ain’t never seen a defense here like the one you’re about to see.

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