LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Today is the last full day of the Winter Meetings. The event will break up on Thursday morning after the Rule 5 Draft.
A few notes on today’s activities:
• General managers, managers, athletic trainers and others in the game will continue discussions about whether collisions at home plate should be banned or somehow altered.
Traditionalists believe it’s part of the game. But exposing the catcher to being plowed over and often injured is not worth tradition, especially given what we now understand about concussions.
• The annual Scott Boras Winter Meetings press conference should be today. It’s not a formal event, necessarily. But Boras will make it known he’ll be around and he takes questions from all comers.
It will be interesting to hear his take on a market for Stephen Drew. Because if there is one, it’s sure hidden. Being attached to a draft pick is hurting his value.
• The annual managers/beat writers luncheon is today, too. No, the managers are not forced into the room with tasers. Well, probably not.
• It would be nice if there was something interesting to report on the Red Sox. Alas, not so far today. The Sox are content with their roster and even more content with the idea of letting the market come to them.
They can wait to get the best offers on their starters and wait on Drew. Their only real need is for a utility infielder and those sorts of guys are usually easily had.
One intriguing name: Justin Masterson. The Indians are willing to listen to offers with the big righthander approaching free agency. The Red Sox have long regretted trading Masterson to the Indians.
The Sox don’t need a starting pitcher but there are many connections between the franchises and perhaps there’s a deal to be struck. Presumably it would have to include Henry Owens, Matt Barnes or Anthony Ranaudo.
UPDATE, 3:45 p.m.: The Indians have taken Masterson off the market, if ever he was really on it. Terry Francona said he called Masterson to tell him he wasn’t being traded.