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Thursday, January 12, 2006

Sox add goats to Fenway Farm

The Red Sox added two recent playoff goats to the petting zoo known as Fenway Park Wednesday, with the announced signings of former St. Louis Cardinals reliever Julian Tavarez and their fill in 2nd baseman from 2005 Tony Graffanino.

Gordon Edes and WBZ are reporting that the Red Sox reached terms with the free-agent righthander Tavarez on a two-year contract deal is worth $6.7 million.

In 2004 St. Louis' volatile reliever broke his left hand in a dugout tantrum in the NL championship series. After the Cardinals pulled out Game 7, Tavarez gave up the game winning home run in Game 1 of the World Series to...drum roll please...

Mark Bellhorn!! The two run shot gave the Sox the 11-9 win. The 32-year-old Tavarez will hopefully provide depth to the relief squad that features Guillermo Mota, Mike Timlin, and Rudy Seanez along with closer Keith Foulke, who is recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery...ugh...

The Red Sox also agreed to terms on a one-year contract with second baseman Tony Graffanino for $2.05 million. The 33-year old Graffanino was a solid starting second baseman last year after being acquired from Kansas City on July 19. Graffanino hit .319 with four homers and 20 RBIs in 51 games after he replaced the injured and slumping...drum roll please...Mark Bellhorn. During the ALDS, however, Graffanino made a critical error against the White Sox in Game 2 letting a potential inning-ending, double-play ground ball roll between his legs, a-la Billy Buckner, into the outfield. Tadahito Iguchi then hit a three-run home run off David Wells to give Chicago an eventual 5-4 win.


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