LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — For the Red Sox, the Winter Meetings were uneventful. Shortly, they will be over.
The Rule 5 Draft is at 9 a.m. this morning and the Red Sox are expected to pass, already having a full 40-man roster. Based on this preview from Baseball America, the Sox do not have compelling unprotected prospects who might get taken.
Any player selected in the Rule 5 must stay on the major league roster all season or be offered back to his original team.
Once the draft is over, the baseball people will leave the Swan and Dolphins hotel posthaste.
A few other items of note:
• Ryan Kalish, released by the Red Sox after missing much of the last three seasons with assorted injuries, is in the final stages of signing with another team.
• The Yankees will introduce Jacoby Ellsbury on Friday in New York.
• David Ortiz's annual celebrity golf tournament is this weekend in the Domincan Republic. Scheduled attendees include Pedro Martinez, Jose Bautista, Adam Jones, Manny Machado, Sean Casey, Tim Wakefield, Johnny Damon, Pudge Rodriguez, Barry Larkin, Jim Rice, Andres Galarraga, Luis Tiant, George Bell, Craig Sager, Lawrence Taylor, Troy Brown, Rick Fox, Micky Ward, and Aly Raisman.
The Globe and Boston.com will have coverage of the event from the DR.