Found December 16, 2011 on Ted's Army:

As expected, Cherington and company looked into Hanley Ramirez. "No traction" in an interesting way to refer to it -- but regardless of semantics, the Marlins don't appear to be interested in what we have to offer. Aaron wrote on Monday that a deal would likely hinge on a package involving Clay Buchholz and/or Kevin Youkilis, and I'd say prospects would probably be involved as well. Hanley may be coming off a down year, but he was among the best players in baseball the years before that. Such a trade never seemed likely to me anyway. It looks like it will continue to be a quiet winter. There's not going to be Hanley, or Yu Darvish, or Prince Fielder. The best way to look at it is that our offseason acquisitions will be Carl Crawford -- who has to be better than what he submitted last year -- and Clay Buchholz, who will presumably be healthy. Until then, we need to continue filling bullpen spots and filling out the bench.

Rudolph the Red Sox Reindeer!

Yesterday, like most of Red Sox Nation, I received a Sox e-card for the holidays. It was Rudolph The Red Sox Reindeer! If by chance you didn't get it, click on the image below to see the ecard for yourself. It's cheesy, but also adorable.

Miami Marlins: Meet Heath Bell, Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle on Friday

Friday, Marlins fans will get a chance to meet the newest team members. Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell will appear at three of the club’s holiday retail outlets for one-on-one photo sessions and meet-and-greets. The appearances all will be from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Reyes will be at the Dolphin Mall in Miami (11401 NW 12th St), Buehrle at the Sawgrass Mall in Coral Springs...

New Marlin Reyes eager to play with Ramirez

New Miami Marlins shortstop Jose Reyes misspoke Friday talking about the teammate he bumped to third base, Hanley Ramirez.

Miami Marlins: New Yoenis Cespedes video, courtesy of Baseball Prospectus

Sequels are never as good as the originals, but that didn’t stop Yoenis Cespedes’ camp from putting together an encore production. Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus got a peak and shared it with his readers. Included in the 28 minutes of footage, a still of Cespedes posing with Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, manager Ozzie Guillen and general manager Michael Hill. Cespedes...

Melancon is fired up

Mark Melancon was shocked when he was traded to the Red Sox. There was no indication from the Astros that a trade was possible.

GM hopes Varitek sticks with Sox in some role

The Red Sox hope to keep Jason Varitek, though his potential role is unclear.

Bobby Valentine Dancing In Japanese Music Video (Video)

While I'm not surprised by Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine's cameo in a music video by Japanese music group Deen for their song, "Diamond". I am surprised that the worldwide Internet took this long to popularize it: (Courtesy of NESN)

Report: Red Sox pursuing Royals closer Soria to no avail

The Boston Red Sox have been trying to acquire closer Joakim Soria from the Kansas City Royals without success. in Boston, citing multiple sources, reported that Kansas City's asking price is too high for the Red Sox. Boston has been seeking bullpen help after longtime closer Jonathan Papelbon signed a four-year contract with Philadelphia. The Red Sox acquired Houston...

Red Sox add P Melancon, INF Punto to bolster team

The Boston Red Sox have attempted to bolster their bullpen and bench, trading for pitcher Mark Melancon and signing infielder Nick Punto.

Highest bid for Darvish exceeds Dice-K's

Contrary to published reports, the top sealed bid submitted for star Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish on Wednesday was the highest in the history of the posting process, exceeding the record $51.1 million fee that the Boston Red Sox paid the Seibu Lions for the rights to negotiate with Daisuke Matsuzaka in 2006, according to Japanese league officials.
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