LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Trade talk dominated the first day of the Winter Meetings according to executives from several teams, a byproduct of so many high-profile free agents making decisions last week.
For the Red Sox, though, inquiries on their starters have yet to pick up.
“There’s been a handful of teams that have been calling since the beginning of the offseason and that hasn’t really changed since some of the free agents have gone off the board,” general manager Ben Cherington said Monday.
The Sox have six starters on their roster, seven if you count Brandon Workman. Trading Jake Peavy, Ryan Dempster, John Lackey, or Felix Doubront could bring a good return.
But it’s also appealing to go into spring training with the depth to protect against injuries. Trades always can be made in March.
“We’re very comfortable not doing anything,” Cherington said. “If the movement with free agents or trades creates motivation on some team’s part and that leads to something that makes sense for us, we’ll certainly consider it.”
Manager John Farrell said an extra starter would not be a problem to deal with logistically.
Dustin Pedroia, who had surgery to repair a ligament in his left thumb in November, recently had a pin taken out.
“He feels good,” Farrell said. “We’ll see how things advance but everything points to him being ready not only for spring training but getting ample at-bats.”
Clay Buchholz, who ended the season with right shoulder fatigue after making only 16 regular-season starts, has recovered.
“No residual feeling of any kind of physical discomfort,” Farrell said.
Either/or for Bogaerts
If the Red Sox were to retain free agent shortstop Stephen Drew they would be fine with Xander Bogaerts playing third base after seeing him in the postseason. “I think we’re completely comfortable with him playing either position,” Farrell said. As for Drew, Cherington offered no odds . . . The Sox agreed to terms with first baseman Mike Napoli last week but have not announced the deal. Cherington said Napoli was finishing off his physical and the process should be completed soon . . . The Sox are close to hiring a manager for Triple A Pawtucket. Cherington said the leading candidate was from within the organization. Double A manager Kevin Boles could be the choice . . . Select 2014 tickets go on sale Saturday morning at 10 via redsox.com or by phone at 888-REDSOX6.
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