By trading away Marco Scutaro, the Sox freed up some imaginary cap space to go after a much-needed starting pitcher.
First, as reported earlier today, they put in an offer for Roy Oswalt.
Now, the word is they also sent an offer out to Edwin Jackson.
Jackson went 12-9 with a 3.79 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 199.2 combined innings between the Chicago White Sox and St. Louis Cardinals last season. He struck out 148 batters and walked 62.
The eight-year, 28-year-old right-hander spent three seasons on the Tampa Bay Rays (2006-08) and made the All-Star team during the 2009 season with the Detroit Tigers. He's played on six different teams since entering the league in 2003, including the 2011 World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals.
If signed, Jackson would make for a nice addition to a Red Sox rotation that has a few question marks leading into the 2012 season.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading after watching the Boston Celtics take a hard pass on the Boogie.
-- Bob McKenzie sits in with the good folks at TSN 1200 Ottawa sports radio and talks a little Claude Julien of the Montreal Canadiens.
-- The Avalanche youth movement is set to begin as quickly as March 1, as Colorado may move some of its veteran players at the trade deadline.
-- Ryan Johansen got snubbed in his return to Columbus for the first time as a member of the Nashville Predators. That’s too bad, but it’s also not exactly Wayne Gretzky returning to the Edmonton Oilers for the first time.
-- The price tag for Kevin Shattenkirk is in and it includes a top prospect and a first-round pick, along with another piece, for a rental defenseman. That should be far too rich for the Bruins’ blood. The B's were already intent on avoiding the rental market ahead of the trade deadline, and the steep price -- even for a potentially useful short-term acquisition like the puck-moving Shattenkirk -- should make that even more of a certainty.
-- Ken Campbell asks whether hockey agents have gone too far in chasing after prospective prospects before they even enter their teenage years.
-- Bobby Ryan has a hand injury that’s going to sideline him, another piece of bad luck for the Senators forward.
-- For something completely different: On President’s Day, it seems only natural to go through the favorite Presidents in the history of the Marvel Universe.