Nick Cafardo from The Globe wrote in a chat transcript that the Red Sox have offered Mike Timlin a one-year contract. But Cafardo is "not sure if it's a straight major league contract or a minor league deal with a major league invite."
I don't see Timlin retiring and I don't see him leaving the team, either. I think the Red Sox will bring him back, see how his arm holds up over the course of the season and that will be the book on Timlin. I can't see him pitching into 2009.