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A busy week for the Red Sox ends with Christmas at Fenway

Wally the Green Monster got in the spirit at Christmas at Fenway.
Wally the Green Monster got in the spirit at Christmas at Fenway.JOHN TLUMACKI/GLOBE STAFF

As part of the annual Christmas at Fenway event on Saturday, the Red Sox held what amounted to a yard sale on the right-field concourse. There were old uniforms, broken seats, and other detritus from years gone by.

One box of photographs contained several shots of Adrian Gonzalez swinging a bat in the Red Sox uniform he wore for less than two seasons. That was a few tables away from an autographed Carl Crawford baseball that was somehow $10 and not free.

It was a reminder of the fleeting satisfaction that comes with being declared an offseason winner.

The Red Sox traded for All-Star lefthander Chris Sale last week and filled two important needs by obtaining setup man Tyler Thornburg from Milwaukee and signing first baseman Mitch Moreland.


President of baseball operation Dave Dombrowski said the heavy lifting of the offseason is done. The Red Sox could trade from their surplus of starting pitchers but no major additions are planned.

“Something may come out of the blue, but all in all as far as putting our club together, we feel comfortable where we are now,” he said.

The Red Sox have been heavy favorites before and heartbreak followed. Obtaining Gonzalez and Crawford before the 2011 season did not result in any playoff victories, and both were traded in 2012.

“I wasn’t here when all that stuff happened. I really can’t speak to that,” Dombrowski said. “I think the way I always approach it is you have to have a good team, which we do. Coming off a good year. You never know what will take place. That’s why you play the game. But we’re in a position to put a good team out there and win a lot of ballgames.”

Manager John Farrell said there was growing excitement among the Red Sox contingent at the Winter Meetings as the trade for Sale came together. It was completed on Tuesday morning.


“There was a collective applause and eruption in the room. It was kind of a cool thing,” he said. “We’ve added two very good arms to our pitching staff.”

Rookie lefthander Robby Scott, who was at Fenway to sign autographs and pose for photos, said the moves last week reverberated among the players.

“When you see the organization do what they do, showing that they want to win right away, it’s a great feeling,” he said. “You feel like you want the season to start right away.”

Dombrowski, asked about what will be the usual lofty expectations, issued a joking word of caution.

“If we lose a game it’s not over,” he said.

What he wants

Farrell has exchanged text messages with Hanley Ramirez and reports that the first baseman was very excited to hear about the signing of Moreland.

The plan is for Moreland to play first base against righthanded pitchers with Ramirez shifting to DH.

The idea of taking the spot held by David Ortiz for so long appeals to Ramirez.

Ramirez is a career .331 hitter with a 1.014 OPS in 36 games as a DH. He was 16 of 44 (.364) last year with eight extra-base hits and 16 RBIs in 11 games.

“He’s always had the view that when David moved on, he would assume that role,” Farrell said. “But he understands what our approach will be. There aren’t many guys who can go into the DH spot and be productive, but I think he can.”


Farrell said more games at DH should allow Ramirez to stay fresh. When he plays first base against lefthanders, different players will take turns as the DH.

“We’re going to be missing the best DH in the history of the game. You can’t replace that,” Farrell said. “But you can improve your team in multiple ways.”

Rodriguez gets started

Lefthander Eduardo Rodriguez pitched two perfect innings for Magallanes in the Venezuelan Winter League on Thursday. He is scheduled to pitch five games and 15-20 innings as preparation for the World Baseball Classic. “There was a detailed throwing progression and now there’s a calendar in place,” Farrell said. “He’ll be there until January then report to spring training.” . . . Righthander Anthony Varvaro, who appeared in nine games for the Sox in 2015, retired last season while with Triple A Pawtucket and has since completed training to become a Port Authority police officer in New York. He graduated from the academy on Friday.

Peter Abraham can be reached at peter.abraham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @peteabe.