The Red Sox added another piece to their annual strategy of throwing a dozen relievers against a wall and seeing which ones stick. Considering the Sox had the best bullpen in the AL last year, it’s hard to argue with the theory.
David Aardsma, a former first-round pick, has shown some brilliance, and also shown batters some fat fastballs that get hit a long way. The Sox gave up two A-ball pitchers unlikely to go very far. In all, not a bad trade with some decent upside to it.
Meanwhile, there’s that other trade possibility.
[I]t looks like the Twins want to get a Johan Santana trade done this week or begin preparing for his arrival at spring training.
We really won’t know if the Twins waited too long to trade Santana until a deal is made. For now, they insist that that they remain in contact with the Red Sox, Mets and Yankees and no team has pulled out. …
I asked if the Twins have discussed adding a player to any deal to help move things along. I was told no.
I asked about reports that Jon Lester has been pulled from the Red Sox offer. I was told it’s not true.
Olney had been reporting that the Sox pulled Lester from their proposals. Charley Walters — still unfairly ridiculed in some quarters, despite being the first one to break the Sox’ high interest and solid offer in the saga — has reported the Twins tried to get the Angels back in the mix, to no avail.