The Red Sox may change J.D. Drew's contract in lieu of his shoulder problems.
While not experiencing buyer's remorse, the Red Sox are believed to be seeking to change the wording of the deal to protect itself in the event that J.D. Drew's shoulder breaks down and the outfielder is lost for a significant period of time. Although Scott Boras said last week only "minor language issues" needed to be completed, it is believed the agent is balking at the club's attempt to protect itself. -- Boston Herald
Barry Bonds hasn't officially signed on to join the Giants. He agreed in principle to terms on a one-year contract Dec. 7, but he still hasn't taken a physical and both sides continue to draft unique language. There has been talk in legal circles that Bonds is seeking to guarantee his salary in the event the grand jury indicts him and Major League Baseball seeks to suspend him. -- Contra Costa Times
The Mets made their first pitch to Barry Zito yesterday, and indications are it went pretty well. A person who was briefed on the meeting between Mets executives, Zito and Zito's agent said that while no official offers were made, talks were "productive and encouraging," and that the Mets left the meeting feeling positive about their chances of landing the free-agent lefty. -- Newark Star-Ledger
The Rangers have offered Barry Zito a contract, but it is not worth nearly as much as the $100 million over six years that some reports have suggested, according to a high-ranking baseball executive with knowledge of the negotiations who was granted anonymity. The Rangers, however, appear more willing than Zito's other suitors to open the vault for him. -- New York Times
Texas GM Jon Daniels said he isn't interested in trading Akinori Otsuka, though the Rangers have received several calls. If Eric Gagne is healthy in spring training and the Rangers are short on starting pitching, dealing Otsuka might become more necessary. -- Dallas Morning News