Once the Red Sox signed John Lackey, the idea of signing a rehab case or two to provide rotation depth lost some traction. As it stands now, the Red Sox have six starters.
One intriguing possibility was Justin Duchscherer. But he has returned to the Athletics on a one-year deal today according to the San Francisco Chronicle. There are still guys like Ben Sheets, Erik Bedard and Chien-Ming Wang out there but the Sox would have to get creative to squeeze them in.
The same is true of Jason Bay. Word spread yesterday that the Red Sox would still consider him. But as Nick Cafardo reported today, a lot would have to happen for that to be the case. Bay would have to accept a heavily backloaded deal and the Sox would have to extend their budget.
Once they signed Mike Cameron and John Lackey and lost the $3 million in savings from the Mike Lowell deal, the Red Sox had their budget space greatly reduced. They could still try and lure Bay (or even Matt Holiday), but it would have to be on their terms.
Bottom line: Bay had his chance with the Red Sox and passed on it.