Varitek, Wheeler classified as Type B free agents

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Varitek, Wheeler classified as Type B free agents

Jason Varitek has officially been classified as a Type B free agent by the Elias Sports Bureau, according to MLB Trade Rumors. If he signs with another team after being offered salary arbitration, the Red Sox will be entitled to one pick in the compensatory sandwich round of the 2012 draft.

The Red Sox also announced that they declined their team options on Type B free agent Dan Wheeler and unclassified Scott Atchison.

As expected, David Ortiz and Jonathan Papelbon are both Type A free agents, and would each yield Boston two draft picks (a sandwich pick and the first- or second-round pick from the signing team) if they were to sign elsewhere after declining arbitration.

All of the Red Sox' other free agents are unclassified.

Atchison remains on the team's 40-man roster because he lacked the sufficient service time in 2011 to be eligible for arbitration.

After each regular season, Elias ranks every player based on his performance over a two year period (i.e. 201011). Free agents are labeled A, B, or unclassified to determine compensation for the team away from which they could be signed.

In the 2011 draft, the Red Sox received four picks for departed Type A free agents Victor Martinez and Adrian Beltre, but forfeited their own first round pick to Tampa Bay to sign Type A free agent Carl Crawford.

If the Red Sox offer arbitration to Varitek, Wheeler, Ortiz, and Papelbon, and all of them sign major league deals with different teams, Boston will receive six additional picks in the first two rounds of the 2012 draft.

Red Sox’ quotes, notes and stars from 2-1 loss to Rays

Red Sox’ quotes, notes and stars from 2-1 loss to Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Notes, quotes and stars from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Rays:

QUOTES:

* "There's not much I can do about it now. It's kind of a waiting game and hopefully, the tests come back clean.'' -Andrew Benintendi, on the uncertainty surrounding his knee injury.

* "Sometimes, I like that, sometimes I don't because I'd kind of take a couple of quick outs in place of those to get a couple of more innings out there.'' -Drew Pomeranz on his career high 11 strikeouts.

* "That's probably the spot that looms the largest. Jackie's become more aggressive early in the count, but at the same time, that aggressiveness can work against you.'' -Farrell on Jackie Bradley Jr. swinging at the first pitch following a walk with the bases loaded.

NOTES:

* Drew Pomeranz recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts

 * Since moving to the leadoff spot, Dustin Pedroia has a slash line of .397/.418/.460 in 16 games.

* Pomeranz has yielded two runs or fewer in five consecutive starts.

* On the just-completed road trip, the Red Sox led in all but one game.

* Thursday's loss was the fourth this season in which the Sox allowed two runs or fewer.

 * The past 18 Red Sox losses have come by a combined 37 runs.

* Until Thursday, the Red Sox had won 20 of their past 31 day games.

* The bottom third of the makeshift Red Sox lineup combined to go 2-for-12.

* The Sox missed out on a chance to have an eight-win road trip, which would have been their first since 2011.

STARS:

1) Jake Odorizzi

The Rays started, facing a depleted Red Sox lineup, limited the Sox to a single run over seven innings, allowing just five hits and getting out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam by allowing just one run.

2) Mikie Mahtook

Mahtook was 0-for-34 when facing Drew Pomeranz in the seventh inning, but that didn't stop him from doubling home Steven Souza Jr with what proved to be the winning run.

3) Dustin Pedroia

The Sox couldn't generate much of anything at all offensively, but don't blame Pedroia. The leadoff hitter had three hits and a walk and was on base four times for the Sox.