The Hot Stove, after going damn near nuclear earlier in the month, is pretty lukewarm now. Like a bottled water left out in the sun too long. Yeah, exactly that.
- It’s been pretty silent around the Red Sox lately, apart from some small transactions. But this isn’t apathy, it’s simply patience with the changing market. (All quiet on Red Sox front – for now)
- The Sox avoided the tax threshold by the slimmest of margins – and by “slimmest of margins”, I mean a quarter of a million dollars, roughly. Perspective, y’know? (Sox safe by hair from tax)
- No player’s perfect, and Will Middlebrooks is no exception. He’s got prodigious power, but he needs that extra bit of plate discipline to go with it. (For Middlebrooks, his power needs a bit more discipline)
- You say the Sox need a utility infielder? Done. The Sox sent Franklin Morales back to Colorado for Jonathan Herrera to fill that void on the bench. (Red Sox trade Franklin Morales to Rockies for Jonathan Herrera)
- But even with that trade, don’t rule out a return for Stephen Drew. The shortstop position isn’t exactly set in stone right now. (Even with Herrera on board, Sox can still pursue Drew)
- Shane Victorino just needed a little time to get better, that’s all. So…he had surgery on his thumb. But he’ll be back in time for Spring Training, so don’t worry! (Shane Victorino Undergoes Thumb Surgery)
- The Yankees have made some flashy moves, that’s for sure. But does that necessarily make them better than the Sox – or even the Rays? (The New Normal)