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Where the Red Sox go from here

Reading the tea leaves as free agency gets in full swing

Updated: November 21, 2009, 6:45 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

Jason Bay strolled through the door of free agency when it swung open at midnight Friday morning, with the Boston Red Sox still tugging at his jacket and Theo Epstein's cell phone number tucked away in agent Joe Urbon's pocket.

But there was no last-minute rebuff of the Sox, as implied by one report that enjoyed wide circulation Thursday. Epstein and Urbon have agreed to keep negotiations as private as possible, but the sides' positions have changed little for months. The Red Sox ...

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