Damon wanted to return to Red Sox


Damon wanted to return to Red Sox

Would you want Johnny Damon back in Boston?  

The former Red Sox center fielder wanted to make a return to the Red Sox late in the 2012 season, but it wasn't in the cards.  

Damon was invited to return to Fenway Park for the 2004 championship reunion last season, but opted not to attend. He said he would have attended if the Red Sox put him on their active roster.

They really wanted me up there for the eight-year anniversary, said Damon. I was like, Eight years sounds weird. If I can play, suit me up. Im still in shape. Ill be there. But they couldnt adjust the roster and I didnt go up. It would have been classic.

If Damon doesn't sign with a team before Spring Training, he has said he will "enjoy life" and retire.

Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona


Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona

The Red Sox lost another key member of their front office Monday, when vice-president of amateur and international scouting Amiel Sawdaye followed former general manager Mike Hazen to Arizona.

Sawdaye will be the Diamondbacks' assistant GM. As stated by Rotoworld, he had been instrumental in building up the Red Sox' young big league talent and farm system.

The Boston Globe reported today that the Red Sox may not fill the GM vacancy created when Hazen left, instead using "other staffers to take on Hazen’s administrative duties". President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski handles many of the duties traditionally associated with the general manager's position, leaving the actual GM's job in Boston as "essentially an assistant [position] with a lofty title but little power".

The Red Sox have also lost two other front-office members this offseason: Senior baseball analyst Tom Tippett, who had been with the organization for eight years, and director of sports medicine services Dan Dyrek, who had been with the Sox for five years.