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A National League executive's reaction to Boston's signing of Keith Foulke:
"The Red Sox and Yankees are in this Russia-U.S. nuclear thing. The rest of the world just watches to see what they're going to do. "I wouldn't mind having the Red Sox pen. (Scott) Williamson has done it before and (Byung-Hyun) Kim has done it before, but one or two of those guys are leaving, I would think. We'll see what happens there. This is going to cause a domino effect. "I want to see what happens with Williamson and see what (Oakland GM) Billy Beane's next move is. He's got money to spend. I'm sure he had a Plan B all the time. That'll kick in now.'' A scout's take on the signing:
"I've seen a lot of Foulke. I like him. (He throws a) fastball (and a) changeup. He's going to come right at you, and if he gets ahead of you, he'll drop a little change on you. He can go 3-0, 3-1, 3-2 and throw that changeup for strikes. But at the same time, he likes to challenge you. "He's a true closer, and he won't have any trouble handling Boston. If he gets enough money, I don't think he'll be worrying about it.''
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