We just returned from Theo Epstein's suite at the Marriott here in Indianapolis. If you're one of those pessimistic, the-sky-is-falling fans who demands immediate action and blockbuster trades, stop reading now.
"Yesterday was probably more productive than today," Epstein said. "Today has been more of a day of follow-up on the ideas of yesterday and we haven't made a heck of a lot of progress. We're still working at it."
Epstein said he met with Jason Bay's agent, Joe Urbon, last night and not today as was previously reported. "We're continuing to talk. Both sides are working at it," he said.
He also reiterated several times that the coming season is a "bridge period" to the prospects who spent last season in Single A. The goal is to remain competitive while protecting the future.
In other words, he wants to resist the temptation of trading players like Daniel Bard or Casey Kelly and giving up years of high performance at low cost.
Epstein said he had no plans to add a bullpen arm via trade or free agency. He likes his pen and for the two open spots, they'll invite a bunch of candidates to camp. Considering that Bard, Okajima, Ramirez, and Delcarmen are behind Papelbon, the bullpen is fairly well set at the moment.
In other news:
• The Red Sox have a claim in on the other Ramon Ramirez a righthanded reliever who was with the Reds last season. They'll find out tomorrow if they got him.
• That the Yankees made a significant move was not exactly taken as a call to action. Epstein said they figure the Yankees will win 95-100 games and plan accordingly. The Sox were interested in Granderson as a left fielder but did not have a match with the Tigers, who wanted MLB-ready players in return.