After finishing 69-93 in 2012, the Boston Red Sox clearly have a lot of needs to fill during this MLB offseason. Rumors about potential signings and trades always follow a team as active as Boston, and that is certainly the case this year, given how much payroll flexibility they now have.
No potential signing or trade is too small to scrutinize. No potential signing or trade is too big or elaborate to conceive and discuss as if it were real. With a team in need of this much work, any move is possible.
The Sox have already made a couple of minor moves this offseason, signing catcher David Ross and outfielder Jonny Gomes. Both players figure to play key roles in 2013, likely as platoon players, and both bring strong veteran leadership to a clubhouse that has sorely lacked that in recent years.
These moves are hardly the end, though.
With many different possibilities being bandied about, let’s sift through the fact and fiction of the latest Red Sox rumors: