Winter Meetings mania
The winter meetings have been a harbinger of hope for Red Sox fans.
While fans fantasize about dream signings and lineups, general manager Ben Cherington and manager John Farrell will huddle up in hotel rooms, agents and media-types will tell-all in the late hours in the lobby, and big deals usually get done, especially for the Red Sox, who have a long history of being active when the baseball world gathers under one roof.
This year, with Jacoby Ellsbury already in pinstripes and Robinson Cano heading to Seattle, mid-level free agents like Stephen Drew will be the focus of teams looking to add players. The Red Sox could still make a move for another outfielder, a power bat, or more depending on what happens with Drew and first baseman Mike Napoli..
Last December in Nashville, the Red Sox landed key ingredients Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino, and Koji Uehara. In 2010, the Sox made the deal that brought in Adrian Gonzalez from San Diego and came away with then-prized free agent Carl Crawford for the price of $142 million as the meetings wrapped up.
On December 9-12, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, in Orlando, Fla., will play host to the 112th baseball winter meetings.