This offseason so far really has been perfect for the Red Sox. They were able to get their guy, Adrian Gonzalez for what many consider to be a steal. They got Carl Crawford, the best positional player on the market. But the best deal they made, they didn't even make.
I have stated before that the Yankees did not need Cliff Lee, and I still believe that. I think they can still be a playoff team, and think they will fight with the Red Sox for the AL East. They still have a very good offense and their bullpen has improved over the years, but their rotation is a concern.
They still have CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes, and AJ Burnett. I do not know what to expect from Hughes and Burnett, but we all know Sabathia will be great. Where do they go from here? First off, they want Andy Pettitte to sign. That would add that second left hander to the rotation and the closest thing to a sure thing other than Sabathia. After that, the pitching market is not terrible. If they were not waiting on Lee, they could have got Aaron Harang or maybe Bronson Arroyo.
But the Yankees do have Ivan Nova, who always impressed me. I think he will be pretty good, but they need somebody other than Sergio Mitre. I've always thought Zack Greinke was not a bad idea, but they will not part with Jesus Montero and Brett Gardner.
While the Yankees did not need him, as a team never really needs a player, this does help the Red Sox. Lee is out of the American League. Even if he signed in Texas, the Red Sox would face him about three times with their left handed lineup. This was the best case scenario for Boston.
Now, back to the Red Sox team. Joe Blanton? That cannot be true. Where would they put him? If they plan on moving Daisuke Matsuzaka, I guess Blanton would fit, but wouldn't you rather Carl Pavano or even Felix Doubront? I really think that move will not happen, nor should it. Joe Blanton has Brad Penny written all over him.
So, it looks like the Yankees will get Russell Martin. I was never big on him, but it is a good move for the Yankees. A right handed bat, a good player to play for Montero at times, good move for them. If the Red Sox got him I would have been happy, but I am comfortable with Saltalamacchia and Varitek (Or Geovanny Soto).
So, for the most part, the Red Sox have had a great offseason. But that can change quick. But for now, things look pretty good.