Greetings from Gate B-31

Good morning from Logan, where we are headed to Palm Springs (via Chicago) for the GM Meetings.

Loyal reader Allison emailed last night to ask if there are actual meetings at the GM Meetings. That is a good question because there actually are. MLB conducts a series of meetings for the GMs dealing with different issues around the game.

While they are there, the GMs also talk trades and a few agents will be around, too.

Traditionally, the GM Meetings are the place where preliminary discussions are held that get completed a month later at the Winter Meetings, But with free agents in the market, anything can happen at this point. We’ve already seen players like Heath Bell, Ervin Santana and Chris Young traded.


Plenty of readers are asking on Twitter or via email what the odds are of the Red Sox landing Player X. To be specific, guys like Torii Hunter, Dan Haren, Anibal Sanchez, Nick Swisher or Mike Napoli.

In theory, virtually anything is possible because the Red Sox have tremendous financial and roster flexibility. In reality, Ben Cherington knows that spending money without much thinking helped lead to last place. Taking money ill-spent on Carl Crawford and giving it to Josh Hamilton wouldn’t make much sense.

It’s also likely they’ll make a trade of some kind, too. They have pieces they can deal to obtain a player who might soon be too expensive for a small-market team.

If I absolutely had to guess on an Opening Day lineup, it would be something like this:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Will Middlebrooks 3B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Cody Ross RF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia / Ryan Lavarnway C
Ryan Kalish, Daniel Nava or some kind of low-cost free agent LF
Jose Iglesias SS

Rotation: Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, Justin Masterson, Felix Doubront, John Lackey.

No matter what happens, it should be interesting. Hang with us this week for updates from Palm Springs.


And go vote. It’s the very least you can do as a citizen of this great country.

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