Ten years ago this week, the Red Sox's proposed mega-trade for Texas Rangers shortstop Alex Rodriguez (then 28 years old) collapsed. The deal would have also brought Magglio Ordonez to Boston while sending Manny Ramirez and Jon Lester to Texas and Nomar Garciaparra to the White Sox. ESPNBoston's Gordon Edes and WEEI's Alex Speier both look back at The Trade That Wasn't.
Edes also picks the Top 5 Red Sox Moments of 2013. ... David Ortiz would like to talk to the Red Sox about a contract for 2015. ... GIFs of the Year! (Chad Qualls, everybody!)
Stuff you probably already know: The Red Sox recently traded relief pitcher Franklin Morales and minor league pitcher Chris Martin to Colorado for infielder Jonathan Herrera. Boston also signed veteran Japanese right-hander Shunsuke Watanabe, 37, to a minor league contract. (Back in November 2004, Ortiz hit a monster dong off Watanbe.)
Shane Victorino had surgery on his right thumb on December 16 and expects to be ready for spring training. ... Kevin Youkilis will play for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles (Japanese Pacific League) in 2014. ... Ryan Kalish signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs.