As expected, the Red Sox declined the club option for $7.5M on reliever Keith Foulke. He is due a $1.5M buyout if he chooses not to exercise his player option, which is $3.75M. He would get a total of $5.25M if he chooses to exercise the option.
Theo Epstein, on some of the needs facing the Red Sox, said "in no particular order: starting pitcher, a couple of relievers (one lefthanded, preferably), a
right fielder, a backup catcher, a shortstop, and fill the bench with
quality players to complement the regulars." Epstein later added second
base to the list.
It was a tough year for Foulke, with injuries keeping him sidelined for more than two months in the middle of the season. He had a solid September; I’m sure he will land somewhere if and when he chooses to move on.