Peter Gammons reports that the Red Sox are close to signing Rocco Baldelli. The added right-handed bat will also give the Sox more depth in the outfield.
The Boston Globe has now chimed in the John Smoltz situation and also feels the Sox are close to inking him to a 1 year, $5.5 million deal.
UPDATE 2:33 EST 1/8 - It's official, the Red Sox have brought in Rhode Island native Rocco Baldelli. The former Ray is believe have received a minimal amount of guaranteed money with large incentive clauses.