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The Red Sox must tell Dennys Reyes if he is on the team by today, so he can decide whether to exercise his opt-out clause and become a free agent.
Reyes is in competition with Hideki Okajima, Matt Albers and Alfredo Aceves, as four pitchers are going for the final two spots in the bullpen.
“We’re still working on it,” Reyes said. It’s going to happen during the day today. my agent and them, they’re talking. I don’t know. But I have to wait and see what’s going to happen during this afternoon.”
“They’re talking, they don’t know yet. They’re still thinking, to make the best decision for the team. And I’m going to wait to see what they decide to do.”
He has already extended his opt-out deadline by 24 hours once. Would he do it again?
“We’ll see. We’ll see. That’s something, I and my agent have to talk about it. I just want to wait and see what they say.”
Why is the decision taking so long? “I think it’s easy to see, they have great pitchers competing. It’s a hard decision. Even for me, to decide is going to be hard. it’s a hard thing for them too. We’re going to have to wait.”
All things being equal, he’d like to be with the Red Sox. “Yeah, I signed over here because I wanted to play for a contending team to be in the playoffs and I think this team is in a good position to do that.”
If you work under the assumption that Jon Lester, John Lackey, Clay Buchholz, Josh Beckett, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Jonathan Papelbon, Daniel Bard, Bobby Jenks, Dan Wheeler and Tim Wakefield are the 10 pitchers who are sure to make the team, that leaves two spots open.
There are a barrage of lefties in the mix for those spots, including Hideki Okajima, Dennys Reyes, Andrew Miller and Rich Hill. Righies Alfredo Aceves, Scott Atchision and Matt Albers are also in the competition.
With so many pitchers going for so few spots, the Red Sox will huddle after Tuesday’s game to determine how best to utilize the innings for the final week the team is in Fort Myers.
“After the game tonight, I think [pitching coach] Curt [Young] and I, and [general manager] Theo [Epstein] and some guys from the front office will kind of sit and talk and not just talk about how we feel about things, but maybe map out the next couple of days. We’re getting to a point where innings are going to be at a premium so certainly there are going to have to be some innings at the minor league complex and innings in big league games. we’ll sit and map that out tonight.”
Francona isn’t sure exactly when the pitching staff will be finalized.
“I’d rather do it right than have to set an arbitrary deadline,” Francona said.