For Sox, free agency begins in earnest

Theo and Co. have their work cut out for them as important offseason kicks off

Updated: November 7, 2010, 4:23 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Open season on free agents began at midnight Saturday. The Red Sox lost the exclusive right to negotiate with their own free agents, but gained the right to start shopping in earnest for others.

Rebuilding the bullpen behind Jonathan Papelbon and Daniel Bard is the one certain course Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein will embark upon this winter. Beyond that, there is only speculation, even the extremely likely scenario that the Sox will be deep ...

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