Well, the deadline’s passed, and nothing’s been announced by ther Red Sox, so cue up the "Trade Grades" from all of our big media outlets. We’re guessing the Yanks get an "A" for their efforts, while the mass of mediots will hand the Sox an "F" for not making a move, no matter what the outrageous demands by other teams might have been. But let’s remember two things: first, the Sox aren’t in the business of trading a bulk of their future for short-termers, particularly not short-termers who may not be any upgrade over the collection of men currently stocking the roster that they would have to offload. And they certainly won’t mortgage their future by trading three regular players (including a potential top-of-the-rotation guy like Lester) for two months of Andruw Jones. And two, trades can still happen, and they can have impact. The waiver wire is always busy.
So the Sox haven’t answered the Yankees big move, but there’s probably a very sound reason for that, whether we like it or not. My guess is most people won’t like it. The Sox lose this round not because they stood pat, but because those around them got better. Sometimes that’s the way it goes.