Oh, wait, you mean it's been the hot stove season in Boston? It certainly hasn't felt like it. The biggest name the Red Sox have brought on board has been Andrew Bailey. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy he's here, but I feel a bit underwhelmed.
Roy Oswalt, Edwin Jackson and Hiroki Kuroda are all still available on the free-agent market. So is Johnny Damon, Cody Ross and J.D. Drew...kidding.
Without this offseason being labeled as a "bridge year," it appears to be just that.
However, one big-name free agent still remains an outside possibility for the Boston Red Sox—and no, his name is not Prince.
Yoenis Cespedes is expected to be declared a free agent on Jan. 15.
Currently, the Miami Marlins (shocking) are in the running for Cespedes' services. Marlins president David Samson said in his weekly appearance on 790 The Ticket (transcribed by Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel):
[The club's pursuit will be] aggressive right to the point of stupidity, but not quite there. We think he’s a perfect fit for us, but it has to be sane. [We've been] expressing interest, going to visit, making it very clear to his representatives and to him and his family that we think he should not be anywhere other than Miami. As a Cuban and someone in the DR, it makes perfect sense. We have a perfect position for him to play. It would be great.
While I am in agreement that Cespedes would make a nice fit in center for the Marlins, I also feel that he would be a nice match in Boston to play right field.
The Red Sox have not made any major splashes this winter. Cespedes could be just that—a big splash. While ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes reported (via his Twitter account) that Cespedes is looking for a $60 million contract, something that may scare many teams away, the Red Sox are one club that financially can afford to sign him.
It would entirely contradict everything that the front office has been doing this winter. It may seem far-fetched. And for those reasons alone, I find it entirely plausible that the Red Sox could be players in the courtship of Cespedes. They may not sign him, but surely they'll be kicking the tires.