John Heyman reports a deal in place for Joe Blanton, with the Sox as the taker. Pete Abe's headline says "no deal in place".
Why would the Sox want a $17M, 5.00 ERA NL guy on their payroll, unless they were using him as organizational depth to make some other move. This one smacks us as strange, potentially unnecessary, and either untrue or part of a larger strategy. A strategy we don't quite get, for the record. So call us skeptical.
What a wild offseason.