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Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  December 17, 2008 06:15 PM

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Winter, 2005
No signings of significance. Unless you believe John Flaherty, Josias Manzanillo, and Rudy Seanez should count. And I don't think you do. Grade: Who cares?

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Nov. 30, 2006
Signed lefthanded reliever Hideki Okajima to a two-year, $2.5 million contract with a club option for 2009:
The 2007 championship trophy wouldn't be Red Sox property without his essential contributions. And to think we thought he was brought aboard to be Dice-K's caddy first and a long reliever second. Grade: B+

Dec. 13, 2006
Signed shortstop Julio Lugo to a four-year, $36 million contract: I am not saying this with the benefit of hindsight, because it's how I felt all along: What did they ever see in this utterly mediocre ballplayer that made them think he was worth even a fraction of this contract? I still haven't heard a reasonable explanation from Theo. Maybe he'll tell us in his memoirs someday. Grade: D-

Dec. 14, 2006
Signed righthanded starter Daisuke Matsuzaka to a six-year, $52 million contract:
He sure can be a drag to watch, but with 33 wins and a 3.72 ERA in two seasons, he's been worth every dollar, posting fee included. Grade: B+

Jan. 26, 2007
Signed outfielder J.D. Drew to a five-year, $70 million contract: I suppose he's more overpaid than most players of similar accomplishment, and he's about as fragile as a teenager's ego, but I just don't think of this as a bad deal. He's a valuable offensive player, and he's delivered so often in the postseason that I've developed a begrudging respect for the almost indifferent way he approaches the game. It works for him. You know, when he plays. Grade: C+

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Nov. 6, 2007
Signed righthanded starter Curt Schilling to a one-year, $8 million contract:
Sure, he got paid a nice pile of cash to throw exactly one pitch -- and that was of the ceremonial variety before a playoff game. But they had to keep someone around to slug Manny whenever he got out of line. I assume Kung-Fu Schilling's next stop will be on the Ultimate Fighting circuit. Grade: Incomplete

Nov. 20, 2007
Signed third baseman Mike Lowell to a three-year, $37.5 million contract: His fate hinges on Teixeira's decision, but the argument can be made that this deal is the closest the Red Sox have come in the Epstein Era to allowing sentiment to influence their perception of a player's value. Grade: C+

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Dec. ????, 2008
[Theo hands over a suitcase full of cash to a smirking man who appears to have a pair of small horns poking out of his hair:] "Here's the $200 million in unmarked bills you requested, as well as the contractual rights to the souls of every unborn child in Boston. Now c'mon, Scott!!! Give us Teixeira!!! You promised!!!"

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