In an interview with WEEI Radio last week, Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said his team was engaged with a long list of free agent players this winter.
"In the short term,'' said Bloom, "we have touched base with so many different players who we think could help us and fit us.''
And indeed they have. They were close on free agent Charlie Morton....before he signed with Atlanta. They were in the running for reliever Tommy Kahnle...before he signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers. They were part of the final three teams resolved with Japanese pitcher Kohei Arihara...before he signed with the Texas Rangers. And while they were considered among the teams with the best chance to sign Tomoyuki Sugano, ....it appears they won't win that bidding, either. ESPN reported Tuesday that the Red Sox are unwilling to meet Sugano's contractual demands.
So, yes, the Red Sox have been active. But, no, they've yet to be successful this winter.
They've added a couple of complementary players to major league deals -- outfielder and swingman Matt Andriese. They've also signed a list of free agents to minor league deals and made a Rule 5 pick to enhance pitching depth.
But mostly, they've struck out on the free-agent front, which begs some questions: