The Red Sox' active offseason continued on Sunday.
Eight Red Sox filed for free agency Sunday, according to the MLB Players Association: Erik Bedard, J.D. Drew, Conor Jackson, Trever Miller, David Ortiz, Jonathan Papelbon, Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield.
Drew's name was something of a surprise, since it's widely assumed he'll retire, but in many cases the filing for free agency is a procedural move.
Ortiz and Papelbon will most likely be Type A free agents, meaning the Red Sox will receive two draft picks as compensation if the players are offered arbitration by the Sox but decide to sign with another team. Varitek, as a potential Type B free agent, could land the Red Sox a draft pick.
It was thought that Ortiz' market would be limited to American League teams, since he's spent the last nine seasons as a designated hitter, but the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo talked to several National League GMs who think N.L. teams might be interested in Ortiz as a first baseman.
"I think more and more teams will look into it," Cafardo quoted an N.L. East GM as saying. "To have that type of bat in the middle of an N.L. lineup at relatively short years and money for that type of production might be worth the defensive deficiency you'd have at first base."
Boston picked up Marco Scutaro's 6 million option for 2012 on Sunday and could pick up Dan Wheeler's 3 million option soon. They have until 11:59 p.m. Monday to decide on Wheeler. If they don't act by then, he will become a free agent as well.
The Red Sox have a window to exclusively negotiate with their own free agents that officially closes on Thursday at 12:01 a.m.
BOSTON — Eduardo Nunez is expected to be activated Friday night, but he doesn't have third base all to himself. Rookie Rafael Devers is not going to be sent to the minors to make room, a baseball source told CSNNE on Friday.
The Red Sox announced a roster move for David Price, who went to the disabled list with left elbow inflammation. But the corresponding move to activate Nunez, whom the Red Sox acquired from the Giants in a trade for two minor leaguers, wasn't immediately clear.
If there's no health situation at play and no one lands on the disabled list, Deven Marrero could be the odd man out.
BOSTON — David Price went to the disabled list with left elbow inflammation before his scheduled start Friday. Rick Porcello was moved up a day into Price's slot in the rotation, with Eduardo Rodriguez slated to start Saturday and Drew Pomeranz on Sunday.
Price's elbow is believed to have started to hurt him on the road trip the Red Sox finished on Wednesday, a baseball source said, but it's not 100 percent clear when this present health situation originated. ESPN's Buster Olney reported Price went for an MRI on his elbow Thursday.
The lefty missed two months to begin the season because of an elbow/forearm inury. The nature of that injury was never specificed by the team but was later referred to by Price as a torn elbow.
Robby Scott was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to Price's spot on the roster. Price is on the DL retroactive to July 25, the maximum allowable three days that a DL trip can be made retroactive.
The timing of Price's injury is notable because of the controversy surrounding Price and his confrontation with Dennis Eckersley.
The Globe's Dan Shaughnessy first reported Price could land on the DL because of the elbow.