Red Sox

Hot Stove Lunch: Red Sox miss out on Minor; Giants in middle of everything and more

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This is a daily BSJ off-season feature that will arrive in time for your lunch, Monday-Friday.

A spin around the leagues with the latest news, notes, and rumors around Major League Baseball:

RED SOX:

It's pretty obvious that adding a bat is Priority No. 1 for the Red Sox this winter. The Sox finished dead last in the American League in homers and desperately need a run-producing bat in the middle of their lineup to keep pace with the offensive explosion taking place across the game.

Second-biggest off-season need? That may well be a lefty for the bullpen. The Sox have an elite closer and no fewer than four right-handers who could handle the eighth inning. But beyond Robby Scott, the Sox don't have much in the way of lefty relief help.