Epstein says thanks in full-page ad

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Epstein says thanks in full-page ad

Theo Epstein took out a full-page ad in the Boston Globe Sunday, thanking "Red Sox Nation" for "10 incredible years".

The outgoing Red Sox general manager thanked the fans, the team's ownership group, his front-office colleagues, the players, the coaches and Terry Francona, and also lauded the millions of dollars in support that was given to his charitable foundation (the Foundation To Be Named Later).

"It's been a privilege to be part of the Red Sox for the last decade and an honor to work alongside some of the most talented and dedicated people in baseball. I'm proud of all we accomplished together," wrote Epstein, who concluded: "Go Sox".

Report: Red Sox eye ex-Oriole Pedro Alvarez for DH slot

Report: Red Sox eye ex-Oriole Pedro Alvarez for DH slot

The Red Sox have more or less withdrawn from the Edwin Encarnacion sweepstakes, with Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald noting that much of their reluctance hinges on the likelihood that they’d exceed the new $195 million luxury tax threshold by locking the DH into a lucrative deal. That doesn’t leave them without options, however, and FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported that the club could be interested in 29-year-old corner infielder Pedro Alvarez, as well as fellow free agents Mike Napoli and Matt Holliday.

After playing just 10 games at DH from 2010 to 2015, Alvarez suited up as the Orioles’ primary designated hitter and part-time third baseman in 2016. His defense is sub-par, to say the least, but he batted .249/.322/.504 with 22 home runs for Baltimore in 2016.

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