The Red Sox were unable to acquire coveted Lefty Gio Gonzalez from the Oakland A’s, as Billy Bean chose to send the starter to the Washington Nationals instead. Oakland demanded the Red Sox top rated prospects, while the Sox tried to push a deal with several mid-level position player prospects. They were defeated by the nationals’ offer pitching prospects, which apparently Oakland sees as a greater need.
Boston still needs pitching, so expect them to make a run at free agent Roy Oswalt. Oswalt has been a stud in the Big Leagues for a long time – a proven arm like his would really bolster the rotation.