Foulke Declines Option

Red Sox closer Keith Foulke, on the heels of the team declining their option, has decided decline his player option and test the free agent market. Agent Dan Horwits said he hopes to find something closer to his Arizona home. Hey Keith, New York’s closer. Well, at least a little.

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  • I think it’s important to note here, with the Arizona mention, the very real possibility that Josh Byrnes helped negotiate the Foulke contract in the first place, and that the D-Backs bullpen, to this sporadic observer at least, was only slightly more reliable than that of the Atlanta Braves pre-Wickman.

    Quo November 11, 2006, 12:10 am
  • …i’m still surprised that the sox were so willing to rid themselves of this guy after he was so integral in their ws run, especially since they don’t seem to have a replacement lined up [with papelbon moving into a starter role], and the money doesn’t seem exhorbitant…makes me think my theory that he is a head case is more than just a theory…

    dc November 11, 2006, 12:29 am
  • dc, I can somewhat understand the loyalty argument, but was there any way he was going to earn $7.5M next season? I think the Sox FO would have been pleased if he’d exercised his option. The head case part, and this wouldn’t even make him crazy, I could see him being a bit insulted by them as far as not exercising his option.
    I don’t think he’s a head case like say…Sheffield, Bonds, T.O., Randy Moss, etc. are head cases. I do think a move out west where’d he’d be more comfortable with less pressure is probably what’s on his mind.
    Also, the argument about having a replacement lined up is moot, because there’s no way the Sox FO would have headed into ST with him locked in as the closer, at $7.5M, $5.25M, or $1.75 (no M).

    Quo November 11, 2006, 12:39 am

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