Yep, it’s Monday again. The Hot Stove is now the Mildly Warm Stove. And with all this quiet time, we look back to look forward. With links, of course.
- Looks like the Red Sox are shifting down a few gears in the offseason. And with hindsight, that Ryan Dempster deal looks much more shrewd. (Sanchez impacted Sox’ approach)
- There’s now pitching depth and youth in Boston’s farm system, which is fantastic when considering that it felt as deep as a kiddie pool in 2012. Now they need to step up. (Ryan Dempster For Two Years Means Pressure Is On The Prospects for 2015)
- Cody Ross and his batflip may not be back in Fenway next season. I’ll truly, sorely miss you, Cody Ross’ batflip. You were the greatest. (Phillies “intensifying pursuit” of free agent outfielder Cody Ross)
- For once, the Red Sox are not throwing stacks of hundreds everywhere this offseason. As Yoda said, “Control, control! You must learn control!” (Sox staying disciplinary course)
- What if I told you J.D. Drew‘s brother could play for Boston? Don’t scoff just yet – he’s a shortstop with decent defense & a good bat. (Red Sox Remain Interested In Stephen Drew) UPDATE: The Red Sox did sign Drew. Read Scott Candage’s post here.
- Hey, check out that luxury tax the Red Sox aren’t paying anymore! And now New York is paying more than ever. (Yankees hit with $18.9M luxury tax)
- Toronto’s going all in. The Blue Jays plan to take on the other Beasts of the AL East sooner rather than later. (How To Go For Broke, Blue Jays Style)
Molasses and baseball do the same thing in winter – slow down to nearly a grinding halt.