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It's unlikely the Red Sox GM will settle for Mark Melancon as his closer

Updated: December 20, 2011, 9:28 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Awfully quiet on Yawkey Way, with just four shopping days left before Christmas.

Don't be fooled.

The rewiring of the Boston Red Sox for 2012 remains in progress. Few people outside of Boston think that Mark Melancon will be the team's closer next season. A potentially nice upgrade to the bullpen, to be sure, but it defies logic to believe that the Sox are going to entrust such a vital job to a guy whose resume consists of five months of closing for the worst team in ...

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