WINTER MEETINGS: DAVE DOMBROWSKI/JOHN FARRELL

The Boston Red Sox were the talk of Tuesday’s MLB Winter Meetings after they announced the trade that will have Chris Sale changing Sox from White to Red. In return, Chicago loaded up on young talent including: pitchers Michael Kopech, Victor Diaz, infielder Yoan Moncata and outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe. Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski and manager John Farrell took questions from the media on Tuesday.

WEEKEND UPDATE

As Bill Simmons zeroes in on the launch of his new website, The Ringer, his former employer, ESPN, is drawing a new line in the sand.

On his podcast last week, Simmons told his co-host Joe House, “ESPN won’t let anyone from ESPN come on my podcast.” ESPN has not publicly commented on Simmons’ allegations, but in fairness, ESPN has a long-standing policy of not letting ESPN personalities appear on competing radio, TV or podcasts.

WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU?

When the Baltimore Orioles visit Safeco Park in Seattle next July you have to wonder if Buck Showalter might go sifting through the press room to find Asuka Iinuma Brown and shake her hand. The reporter from Jiji Press, a Japanese wire news service based in Seattle, Washington, is the only voting baseball writer in America that thought Showalter deserved serious consideration for American League Manager of the Year.