The Red Sox tonight announced the signings of both J.D. Drew and Julio Lugo to multi-year contracts as free agents. Drew's deal is for five years at a total of $70 million and Lugo signed a four-year contract at a total of $36 million.
What do these signings mean in terms of Manny Ramirez' status? Hard to say for certain, but Terry Francona said on Tuesday that he doesn't think Manny's going anywhere, and since the Dodgers won't deal blue-chip prospects Matt Kemp and Jonathan Broxton in a possible deal, it looks more and more like he may indeed be staying.
Could this be the Red Sox starting lineup on April 3, 2007 in Kansas City?
The winter's far from finished, but time will certainly tell.
But in even better news, the word on on Lester appears to be very good. Apparently, his lymphoma has gone into remission, and he's optimistic about being at Spring Training. He still has more chemotherapy to face, but his attitude appears to be excellent.