Today's links include stories on the Joel Hanrahan trade, the team's possible bench next season, and a shift in the league's perspective on free agent pitchers.
The Red Sox haven't made any eye-popping moves this winter, but they've put together a team that should at least be respectable. There is some value in doing that. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal)
As of right now, it looks like Mark Melancon may be one of those traded to Pittsburh for Hanrahan and a mystery player. Charlie Wilmoth explains why it wouldn't be a bad get for the Pirates. (Charlie Wilworth; SBN Pittsburgh)
At this point, the Sox's starting lineup is pretty much set. Evan Brunell takes a look at who will be coming off the bench. (Evan Brunell; Fire Brand of the AL)
Dave Cameron shows that teams around baseball are putting less emphasis on run prevention this season. (Dave Cameron; Fangraphs)
Though Boston has been very active this offseason, Rob Bradford wonders whether they can survive the starless winter. (Rob Bradford; WEEI.com)