KNBR in San Francisco is reporting that the Red Sox have made a one-year offer to Ryan Klesko. The radio report describes the deal as "financially acceptable". Klekso is one of the many defensively challenged power hitters available on the free agent market. He may, however, be the best hitter left on the market.
Last year, Klesko hit .260 and slugged .401. He wore down in the second half, in part due to injury. Still, overall he got on base at a rate of .344. His OBP is no doubt what interests Epstein. Klesko has a lifetime OBP of .370. Over his career, he's also hit righties to the tune of .290/.383/.537.
Klesko can play first base, left field, and has played a little right field in the past. He is an ideal bench player for the Red Sox, as he can spell either corner infielder and Manny Ramirez on a routine basis. He's also left-handed. He's approaching the age of 40, but a one-year deal is rather low risk.