It might have been a Hot Stove, Cool Music event, to benefit Theo Epstein's Foundation to Be Named Later, but there wasn't much hot stove talk going on at Fenway Park this afternoon. Granted, due to tampering rules, the general managers present weren't about to mention their trade plans, but they stuck mostly to safer topics.
Epstein, along with general managers Brian Cashman (Yankees) and J.P. Ricciardi (Blue Jays), agent Scott Boras, and reporter Peter Gammons, answered questions before a packed room at the State Street Pavilion at Fenway Park this afternoon.
But as for any upcoming trades? There wasn't a whole lot of news.
"We don't have a lot new to report," Epstein said, after a Hot Stove, Cool Music roundtable fundraiser that benefitted his Foundation to Be Named Later. "It's been a pretty slow holiday break. We've been back at work for about a week, but it seems like a lot of the industry is still out on vacation probably until Monday. We'll see how things develop."
Epstein then headed off to the Paradise where he was expected to take the stage with some of the acts from tomorrow night's main benefit concert for Hot Stove, Cool Music. Tomorrow's event is virtually sold out, though Epstein did indicate that, for a big enough donation, he was sure another ticket could be procured.