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Late moves are no fairy tale in Boston

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08:13 AM ET 12.26 | Red Sox fans can merely hope, against much evidence to the contrary, that good things come to those who wait. Each year is a different story, depending on the team???s roster needs each year but usually a team meets its biggest needs in November or December -- see Pedro Martinez, Manny Ramirez, Curt Schilling, Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez for details. Since this ownership group took over a decade ago, the Red Sox are no strangers to wheeling and dealing in January and February. ... Overall, the Red Sox have made valuable acquisitions, or found value, less than half the time in January and February deals. We'll all have to wait 'til next year to find out if they're going to do better than that.

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December 26, 2011  08:33 AM ET

Baba Booey!

December 26, 2011  08:51 AM ET

Sox are not into making big moves this year.
They've got a strong team that needs some bullpen help and a right fielder. Both positions may be helped by young talent in their own organization. If not, then some careful trades or free agent signings.
They may be laying back for a big FA year next winter, plus they have to decide how much they are willing to pay Ellsbury when he goes FA next year, or trade him this season while he has big value.

December 26, 2011  09:06 AM ET

Well thanks to Theo's well documented free agent failures (Drew, Lackey, Cameron, Lugo, Dice K et.al.) the Sox have very little salary room; they're trying to avoid or at least mitigate paying the luxury tax. As a result, Cherington's purse strings are being severely restricted by Don Larry Lucchino. So now just over a month away from Spring Training there are still too many questions (who is their closer, who is their setup man - if Bard moves into the starting rotation and will Bard be a successful starting pitcher etc...) for Sox fans like myself to feel confident heading into the new season.

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December 26, 2011  10:46 AM ET

The current spin out of Yawkey way is "remember those January and February deals we've made to pick up Big Papi, Bill Mueller and Kevin Millar back in 03. And don't forget last year last year with Aceves." But, realistically, the best that Sox fans should hope for is another Darnell McDonald or Nick Green.

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December 26, 2011  11:17 AM ET

is it too early to start thinking about next year

December 26, 2011  11:48 AM ET

The Fenway ownership so far are being true to form, signaling that they're going to be doing more tuning and less major change. You've got to hand it to them; they've kept their word.

That said, it isn't just the teams which are stretching things out. There are still no homes for Kuroda, Jackson, Madson, and Oswalt. The longer those men go without contracts, the more likely they can be picked up as Aceves-like bargains. Oswalt would be a major gamble with his back issues, but those other three pitchers would be great pick-ups for Boston.

December 26, 2011  12:22 PM ET

The Boston media gets restless when all is quiet on the hot stove front. They feel it's their inalienable right to stir something up when they are not being thrown scraps of meat from Fenway.

December 26, 2011  01:47 PM ET

They made there move, they got Bobby V, he's worth at least 10 Games!!! Pass Da Beer & Chicken!!

December 26, 2011  02:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Baba Booey!

this is getting quite old ...

December 26, 2011  02:55 PM ET

After the fustercluck at the end of last season, the ugly dumping of Tito, Theo's departure, there's no free agents anxious to join this Animal House. No rotation to speak of, no bullpen worth a darn, an egomanical new manager who will cause more distractions than there already are. Youk is as good as gone, and the part-time playing Tek is a joke still wearing that C to remind himself where to go to get hi$ Check. He couldn't stop the infighting that led to the biggest collapse ever seen in the history of Major League Baseball. With the soon ruined arm of Bard in a desperate attempt to convert him to a starter the Sox lost the only possible closer after Paps left giddily taking the money while getting off a sinking ship. Even Adrian and a renewed Crawford can't carry this dump truck past 4th place in the AL East.

December 26, 2011  03:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

this is getting quite old ...

No kidding.

December 26, 2011  03:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

After the fustercluck at the end of last season, the ugly dumping of Tito, Theo's departure, there's no free agents anxious to join this Animal House. No rotation to speak of, no bullpen worth a darn, an egomanical new manager who will cause more distractions than there already are. Youk is as good as gone, and the part-time playing Tek is a joke still wearing that C to remind himself where to go to get hi$ Check. He couldn't stop the infighting that led to the biggest collapse ever seen in the history of Major League Baseball. With the soon ruined arm of Bard in a desperate attempt to convert him to a starter the Sox lost the only possible closer after Paps left giddily taking the money while getting off a sinking ship. Even Adrian and a renewed Crawford can't carry this dump truck past 4th place in the AL East.

Who pissed in your cornflakes today?

December 26, 2011  03:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

After the fustercluck at the end of last season, the ugly dumping of Tito, Theo's departure, there's no free agents anxious to join this Animal House. No rotation to speak of, no bullpen worth a darn, an egomanical new manager who will cause more distractions than there already are. Youk is as good as gone, and the part-time playing Tek is a joke still wearing that C to remind himself where to go to get hi$ Check. He couldn't stop the infighting that led to the biggest collapse ever seen in the history of Major League Baseball. With the soon ruined arm of Bard in a desperate attempt to convert him to a starter the Sox lost the only possible closer after Paps left giddily taking the money while getting off a sinking ship. Even Adrian and a renewed Crawford can't carry this dump truck past 4th place in the AL East.

4TH?! From your "mouth" to God's ears.

December 26, 2011  08:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The current spin out of Yawkey way is "remember those January and February deals we've made to pick up Big Papi, Bill Mueller and Kevin Millar back in 03. And don't forget last year last year with Aceves." But, realistically, the best that Sox fans should hope for is another Darnell McDonald or Nick Green.

No spin...why is it that whenever this team decides to go "small", it's spin? All news is spin in your mind.."Hope for is another Darnell McDonald....." Come on...the sarcasm is dripping...I'll take my chances with whatever plan they hatch...from what I've seen, January and February has been good to them despite what you want to believe....

December 26, 2011  08:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

The Boston media gets restless when all is quiet on the hot stove front. They feel it's their inalienable right to stir something up when they are not being thrown scraps of meat from Fenway.

Thank you...for those who don't understand what The Pontiff just wrote, think of a tab of Alka Seltzer being dropped into a placid glass of cold water....burp.

December 27, 2011  02:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

The Boston media gets restless when all is quiet on the hot stove front. They feel it's their inalienable right to stir something up when they are not being thrown scraps of meat from Fenway.

Great comment!

December 27, 2011  02:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

After the fustercluck at the end of last season, the ugly dumping of Tito, Theo's departure, there's no free agents anxious to join this Animal House. No rotation to speak of, no bullpen worth a darn, an egomanical new manager who will cause more distractions than there already are. Youk is as good as gone, and the part-time playing Tek is a joke still wearing that C to remind himself where to go to get hi$ Check. He couldn't stop the infighting that led to the biggest collapse ever seen in the history of Major League Baseball. With the soon ruined arm of Bard in a desperate attempt to convert him to a starter the Sox lost the only possible closer after Paps left giddily taking the money while getting off a sinking ship. Even Adrian and a renewed Crawford can't carry this dump truck past 4th place in the AL East.

Your first comment on FN and you come up with this?
We can't wait for grammar school to reopen so you can be occupied by things more to your abilities.

 
December 28, 2011  03:53 PM ET

And the circus goes on!

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