Outside of retaining their own players, here’s what the Red Sox and Yankees have done this winter:
• Signed catcher Kelly Shoppach to a one-year deal worth $1.35 million.
• Signed infielder Nick Punto to a two-year deal worth $3.5 million.
• Traded infielder Jed Lowrie and RHP Kyle Weiland to Houston for RHP Mark Melancon.
Nothing. Unless you consider signing RHP Kelvin Perez, 3B Jayson Nix, and LHP Michael O’Connor to minor league deals important.
The rivals weren’t remotely involved with Albert Pujols, C.J. Wilson, Mark Buehrle, and Jose Reyes and have no interest in Prince Fielder. The Red Sox did not bid for Yu Darvish and the Yankees made what amounted to a token offer.
The Red Sox did drop $6 million to retain Marco Scutaro and David Ortiz will cost at least $14 million. The Yankees also spent a pile to retain CC Sabathia, Nick Swisher, Freddy Garcia, and Robinson Cano.
But through Dec. 22, the Red Sox and Yankees have spent $4.85 million on players from outside their respective organizations. That used to be what they tipped the valet at the Winter Meetings.
Beyond that, there is no suggestion that either team is going to make some sort of big splash or is somehow hiding in the weeds. The Yankees need bench players and the Red Sox need No. 4 and No. 5 starter types and maybe a closer. That’s pretty much it. The Hot Stove is cold to the touch in the Northeast.