Carl Crawford isn't the only former Ray to join AL East nemesis Boston this winter, reliever Dan Wheeler is headed to the Red Sox on a one-year deal with a team option for 2012, WEEI.com's Alex Speier writes .
That option would vest if he makes 65 appearances in 2011. He made 64 in 2010, but has averaged 70 since 2005, so it's a reasonable goal.
Wheeler, 33, is a Rhode Island native and has been with the Rays since 2007. The right-hander was 2-4 with a 3.35 ERA in 48 1/3 innings last season, striking out 46 batters, walking 16 and allowing 36 hits. In the last three seasons, he's had an ERA of 3.24 and a WHIP of 0.975.
UPDATE: The Boston Globe reports the deal is worth $3 million, with another $250,000 if he makes 75 appearances.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans