The Boston Red Sox filled out their 40-man roster yesterday when they claimed Virgil Vasquez off of waivers from the Detroit Tigers.

Vasquez spent the 2008 season in Triple-A with the Toledo Mud Hens where he was 12-12 with a 4.81 ERA in 27 starts. He has a little big league time as he was called up by the Tigers in 2007 when he went 0-1 with a 8.64 ERA in 5 games (3 starts).

Earlier this week, the Red Sox removed Gil Velazquez and Chris Smith from the 40-man roster and both of them have elected to become free agents.

If you missed the news yesterday, Lee County voted 3-1 to keep the Red Sox there for the next 30 years. It’s now up to the Red Sox to sign the agreement as well.

Here is an instant editorial about the Lee County vote from yesterday. And another editorial about how the deal makes sense for Lee County.

Red Sox groundskeeper Dave Mellor knows what the Phillies are going through with all this rain.