There are some players whose signings with the Red Sox lead to skepticism about whether they can handle the unique challenges of playing in Boston. John Lackey is not such a player.

When Steve Hilliard walked into Theo Epstein’s suite at the O’Hare International Airport Hilton in early November, it was setting up as little more than a Southern California reunion.

On Friday, Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino sounded a note of some defiance about his team’s commitment to the 2010 season. He insisted the Sox' financial investment in winning would remain undiminished in the coming season.

It was one of the most dizzying and decisive offseason days in recent Red Sox memory.

INDIANAPOLIS – In some respects, it seems preposterous that the Red Sox stand on the verge of trading Mike Lowell and pursuing Adrian Beltre as his possible r

INDIANAPOLIS – In some respects, the most significant Red Sox news of the Winter Meetings has been a reflection of how good a run the team had while former director of amateur scouting Jason McLeod was in charge of the team’s draft.

INDIANAPOLIS — The information on the market for outfielders Jason Bay and Matt Holliday has arrived in drips.

INDIANAPOLIS – If the 2010 baseball season began this week (inclement weather be damned), the following assessment would be made of the Red Sox:

INDIANAPOLIS – Big-name free-agent signings are well and good, but there is nothing so mesmerizing at the Winter Meetings as the possibility of a blockbuster deal. The implications of such deals are incredibly far-reaching, changing the face of an organization through both addition and subtraction.

As he prepares to start his career as a Red Sox, Marco Scutaro will be subjected to scrutiny and skepticism. That is only natural.