Friday November 05, 2010 | 05:56 AM

After all the talk of signing David Ortiz to a contract extension for less money, the Red Sox simply exercised their one-year option for $12.5-million. It is possible that Boston did not want Ortiz, who turns 35 in two weeks, beyond 2010.

Boston also picked up the option on reliever Scott Atchison for just over $400,000.

The Red Sox did not pick up options on Bill Hall (probably headed elsewhere for an everyday job) and infielder Felipe Lopez (who was signed simply to let him go and then pick up a draft pick when he signs with someone else).

Boston also traded for Detroit Triple-A infielder Brent Dlugach, 27, for cash or a player to be named.

It is fine to stockpile players, but hopefully the Red Sox will not let minor league free agent Nate Spears go. Spears, 25, had an .843 OPS for the Sea Dogs last year while playing superb defense.

Finally, in today's Press Herald, we have a short feature on new Sea Dogs general manager Geoff Iacuessa.

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