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Red Sox News & Links: Is Something “Big” Coming?

The latest “news” about the Sox

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Craig Breslow Introductory Press Conference Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

I’m not sure anything can be done about the glacial pace at which MLB’s offseason moves, but damn I sure could use some actual news. Really, now — how often can one be expected to read about the new pitching coach? Here’s yet another piece about Andrew Bailey, this one with anecdotes from college teammates. Craig, I’m begging you: please make a move so we can collectively move on from Baileymania. (Julian McWilliams, Boston Globe)

At least according to one source, the reason the Sox have stayed on the sidelines while pitchers like Sonny Gray, Aaron Nola, and Kenta Maeda have signed free agent deals elsewhere is that the Red Sox want to add a pitcher via a trade first, before subsequently going the free agency route. I’m not sure I buy that — what possible difference would it make what order they operate in? Regardless, Craig Breslow doesn’t appear interested in trading for Dylan Cease. (Sean McAdam, MassLive)

But some insider sources do think the Sox are “determined to do something big.” The way this market is shaping out, is there anything that “big” could mean other than Shohei Ohtani, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, or Juan Soto? (Connor Roche, Boston.com)

I’m not sure if Jordan Montgomery counts as “big,” but if he’s the guy they want, they won’t have to look too hard to find him. Montgomery’s wife just began a medical residency in Boston, and the couple has moved here for the time being. That certainly seems like the type of the thing that would give the Sox an advantage in a free agent bidding war. (Chris Cotillo, MassLive)

Does this count as news? Masataka Yoshida was named one of GQ Japan’s Men of the Year. (Tim Crowley, NESN)

If it doesn’t count as news, don’t worry: we have more Andrew Bailey stuff to discuss. He gave another interview and talked about how great Boston is. Baileymaina forever! (Kayley Brown, Boston.com)