PHOENIX – One of the biggest names of this offseason is now off the board with Victor Martinez having reportedly agreed to re-sign with the Tigers.

Ben Cherington

Ben Cherington

PHOENIX – One of the biggest names of this offseason is now off the board with Victor Martinez having reportedly agreed to re-sign with the Tigers. Similar news about Red Sox offseason moves is not likely in the coming days.

GM Ben Cherington said that he “would not expect” the Red Sox to sign anyone this week. While the GM Meetings serve a useful purpose in terms of giving teams a chance to exchange information with teams and agents, they typically offer a springboard for more advanced conversations after the meetings break up.

“We’re working on stuff so there’s always a chance of getting something done, but I can’t predict [whether anything will happen prior to the December winter meetings]. … It’s really still more gathering information, looking at conceptual ideas, different permutations. We’re not close on anything, but we’ll continue to have those talks and see where they go,” said Cherington. “I think everyone still is really doing the same thing. You can put free agent possibilities and trade possibilities in the same ocean and everyone is swimming in that ocean, trying to figure out what fish they can catch. The deeper we get into the offseason, the closer teams get to the fish they want and seeing which ones they throw in the boat. We’re not close to doing that right now.”

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Rob Bradford

PHOENIX — GM Ben Cherington said that the Red Sox have some interest in the idea of a reunion with left-handed reliever Andrew Miller.

PHOENIX — GM Ben Cherington said that the Red Sox have some interest in the idea of a reunion with left-handed reliever Andrew Miller. In some ways, the 29-year-old seems like an unlikely fit to come back given that some teams might want him to close, and give him money typically conferred upon closers.

The Sox do not have an opening for that role in their bullpen with Koji Uehara having signed a two-year deal earlier this month. Still, Cherington didn’t rule out the possibility of bringing back the pitcher who netted them left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez at the trade deadline. Miller had a 2.02 ERA with 14.9 strikeouts and 2.5 walks per nine innings in 72 appearances (62 1/3 innings) in 2014.

“We can add to the bullpen. We’ve got resources to add to the bullpen,” said Cherington. “He’s a free agent, obviously. He’s been one of the best left-handed relievers in baseball for the last couple of years. We would have interest, but like anyone else who goes to free agency, he’s going to go through his process and see what’s out there. We’ve got a lot of respect for him, and he performed really well for us.”

Cherington said that the team would prefer to have at least two left-handers in its bullpen, and that the club believes it has internal candidates (presumably including Tommy Layne, Edwin Escobar and Drake Britton) for one of those spots, but may look to add to the candidates for the left-handed bullpen group. That doesn’t necessarily mean adding a high-end option like Miller, however, as Cherington noted that teams have used roster competition as an effective mechanism for building a bullpen corps in the past.

“Relievers can come out of nowhere,” said Cherington. “You have to be open to that kind of thing.”

Cherington also said that the team remained open to conversations with right-hander Burke Badenhop, but that such talks likely wouldn’t occur until later in the offseason. The 31-year-old sinkerballer had a 2.29 ERA in 70 appearances.

“We talked at the end of the year, but not recently,” Cherington said of Badenhop. “Burke did a great job, he’s a great guy, a great teammate, did everything you could have hoped he would do. One of the things that went well this year was Burke Badenhop. We just have to look at how the whole team is coming together, how the bullpen is coming together, what it’s going to require to fill the other needs we have and how that affects the bullpen. That’s probably something that is a little deeper into the offseason.”

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Rob Bradford

PHOENIX — According to a major league source, six teams have shown what could be classified as “legitimate interest” in free agent pitcher Jon Lester.

PHOENIX — According to a major league source, six teams have shown what could be classified as “legitimate interest” in free agent pitcher Jon Lester. The Red Sox are one of those clubs.

During a briefing with the Boston media Wednesday at the general managers’ meetings, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said while he did meet with Lester’s representatives Tuesday night, no figures had been exchanged.

“I met with them kind of socially and talked about all sorts of things,” Cherington said. “I expect the conversation will continue. They have to go through their thing. I still feel like the relationships are in place we can have those conversations.”

Cherington also said he doesn’t expect any signings by the end of the week.

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Rob Bradford

Pablo Sandoval is one of just four premium free agents in nine offseasons to arrive at free agency after his age 27 season. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Is Pablo Sandoval undervalued?



According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports (via twitter), the market for free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval appears to be down to the Giants and

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports (via twitter), the market for free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval appears to be down to the Giants and Red Sox. Rosenthal noted that the Red Sox are “weighing other options,” and that “unless [Boston] makes [a] big play,” the Giants — the team with whom Sandoval has spent his entire career and now won World Series, appear to be the favorites.

Sandoval, who turned 28 in August, hit .279 with a .324 OBP, .415 slugging mark, 16 homers and a 111 OPS+ in 2014 while playing a career-high 157 games. He’s considered an above-average defensive third baseman, with the track record of consistent above-average contributions both at the plate and in the field, coupled with the fact that he’s at the beginning of his prime years, making him an early target on the open market. Sandoval’s agent, Gustavo Vasquez, was reportedly meeting with four teams — the Giants, Red Sox, Blue Jays and White Sox — at the GM Meetings in Phoenix.

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Alex Speier
Giancarlo Stanton (Getty Images)

Giancarlo Stanton (Getty Images)

PHOENIX ‘€“ It wouldn’€™t be Hot Stove season without some Giancarlo Stanton talk.

Tuesday at the general managers’€™ meetings, Marlins president Michael Hill and general manager Dan Jennings kicked off media availability with the GMs by updating where Miami stood with its Stanton extension dialogue.

“It’€™s been positive dialogue,” Hill said. “That’€™s the best way to categorize it. Nothing contentious. It’€™s been positive. We all recognize as a team we had a better year. We still didn’€™t have a great year but we made progress and improved on a 100-loss season in 2013, so we made progress. A lot of good things, a lot of good stories. So there’€™s some acknowledgment of the progress we made. We’€™re here the next few days to see what we can do to continue to build on that.”

Stanton ‘€“ who routinely comes up as the player Red Sox followers hope for their team to acquire at some point ‘€“ finished 2014 with 37 home runs and is one of three finalists for the National League Most Valuable Player award.

Stanton is still two seasons away from being eligible for free agency.

“It’s ongoing. No timeline,” Hill said of the talks. “It’s still early in the offseason. The MVP still hasn’t been announced yet. I think there are still some things that can impact numbers. We’re just keeping an open dialogue and letting him know what we’d like to do.

“I think we’ve been up front since last offseason that we weren’t trading him, and that we’re trying to build with him. I think that message has been received. I think everybody knows he’s a Miami Marlin.”

The Marlins’€™ executives also relayed that Stanton had begun baseball activities after being hit in the face with a fastball in mid-September.

“He sounds great. Everything we’€™ve gotten, he feels great,” Hill said. ‘€œHis teeth has been fixed, fractures are healing. The little cut on his face is almost gone. He’€™s scheduled to start his offseason program Nov. 1. He’€™s getting into offseason mode and getting ready.”

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Rob Bradford