It has attracted little notice since the conference call announcing J.D. Drew had finally come to terms with the Sox, but he's still not officially on the team's 40-man roster.
He will be placed on the roster when his contract is officially approved by Major League Baseball, according to a Sox official. That customarily takes just a few days, but the Sox official cited the case of Carlos Lee, the free-agent outfielder whose deal was announced with Houston last November, but wasn't OK'd until Jan. 26.
Drew's deal should be approved within a few days, the official said. But while it may be just a formality, there's some relevance here: The Sox will have to take someone off the 40-man roster to make room for Drew.
Mike Andrews (not the former Sox second baseman), who runs the highly useful SoxProspects.com website, raised the question with me this week.