Unlike in recent years, when the Red Sox have been at the forefront of Winter Meetings activity, general manager Ben Cherington stayed in the background this time, sizing up what opportunities could evolve for him later in the offseason.
The Royals concluded their business at the annual Winter Meetings on Thursday without making a trade or signing a free agent. But neither general manager Dayton Moore nor manager Ned Yost was seen sneaking off to Space Mountain during their stay.
The Tigers found the veteran bullpen arm they were seeking in Joba Chamberlain. The two sides agreed on a one-year deal on Thursday.
With their 40-man roster full, the Twins did not make a selection in the Major League phase of Thursday's Rule 5 Draft, but did select two pitchers -- right-hander Kevin Thomas and left-hander Jim Fuller -- in the Triple-A phase.