From the Boston Herald:
Left-handed reliever Eddie Guardado, one of the Red Sox’ backup choices two offseasons ago had they not been able to sign Keith Foulke away from Oakland, can be added to the list of free agent closers – a list that also includes B.J. Ryan and Billy Wagner – that the Red Sox are expected to peruse.
The Mariners are not going to pick up the 2006 option worth $6.25 million on Guardado but have not yet officially declined to do so. As part of his complicated deal, once the Mariners decline the option, Guardado can then test free agency before deciding whether or not he will exercise his option, which is now worth $4.5 million plus incentives.
Guardado and David Ortiz, both former Twins, are friends and the lefty is interested in the Red Sox. The Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres are also expected to be suitors of Guardado.
The Yankees have to be players on this chase – even if it’s just to run up the price for the Red Sox. Guardado is not a great pitcher – but, he’s been good and steady for the last decade. Cashman and company cannot let the Sox get him as a gimmie.