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Red Sox minor leaguers file for free agency

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Red Sox minor leaguers file for free agency

Fourteen minor league players from the Red Sox organization in 2012 have filed for free agency. The players are now free to talk with any team. While it is possible some of the players could return to the Sox for 2012, the Sox have already lost one player. Right-hander Michael Olmsted signed with the Brewers over the weekend and was added to their 40-man roster.

According to Baseball America, the following players have filed for free agency.

Pitchers:Billy Buckner, Yeiper Castillo, Caleb Clay, Nelson Figueroa, Will Inman, Mike MacDonald, Tony Pena, Jason Urquidez, Leonel Vasquez

Catchers:Mike Rivera

First baseman:Reynaldo Rodriguez

Third basemen:Andy LaRoche, Marquez Smith

Clay was the Red Sox fourth pick in the first round (supplemental, 44th overall) in 2006, behind outfielder Jason Place, their first pick and 27th overall, right-hander Daniel Bard (28th overall), and left-hander Kris Johnson (40th overall). In six minor league seasons, Clay, a righty pitcher, posted a combined record of 15-28, with 13 saves and a 4.70 ERA in 120 appearances, including 51 starts, but he did not get above Double-A.

(Place is no longer in baseball. Johnson is in the Pirates organization.)

Other players with ties to the Sox who have filed include (with their 2012 organization):
Josh Kroeger (Braves), Joel Pineiro (Orioles), Miguel Socolovich (Cubs), Niuman Romero (Tigers), Garrett Mock (Astros), Eammon Portice (Dodgers), Manny Delcarmen (Yankees), Gustavo Molina (Yankees), Hector Luna (Pirates), Chih-Hsien Chiang (Mariners), David Pauley (Mariners), Dusty Brown (Rangers) and Chorye Spoone (Blue Jays).

Morning Skate: Golden Knights happy to get Malcolm Subban back

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Morning Skate: Golden Knights happy to get Malcolm Subban back

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while watching old Super Friends episodes with my 4-year-old on a Saturday morning.

*Has anybody ever been as excited to get a healthy Malcolm Subban back in the lineup as the Vegas Golden Knights are this weekend? Pro Hockey Talk is asking the question, and I think I can honestly answer with a resounding “No.” We’ll see if he’s actually worth all the excitement, but obviously, he’s better than what the injury-plagued Golden Knights had in the interim.

*The Buffalo Sabres continue to get very little return for any of the investments they’ve made in the team over the last couple of years.

*Ryan Suter knows what it takes to remain among the NHL defenseman workhorses in the NHL, and he is consistently there year in and year out.

*Dustin Brown has been a resurgent performer for the Los Angeles Kings this season and is one of the big storylines behind their turnaround.

*The Detroit Red Wings are beginning to more openly adopt Jeff Blashill’s speed game, but the question is how much that will pay dividends for them.

*For something completely different: Good piece in the Boston Globe about Danny Ainge’s relationship with recently passed Red Sox great Bobby Doerr.