A few loose items from Day 2 of the winter meetings in Indianapolis:
Responding to a report on SI.com that MLB may open the 2011 season in Australia and the Red Sox have been mentioned as a possible participant, Sox chief operating office Sam Kennedy wrote in an e-mail: "MLB handles the scheduling of all games played outside of the United States. We have had no conversations at the club level about our involvement with any games in Australia."
Red Sox GM Theo Epstein said the Red Sox may have two spots open in the bullpen, but indirectly responding to their reported interest in free agent Mike Gonzalez and Rafael Soriano, who accepted arbitration from the Braves but is on the trading block, reminded reporters that the Sox are not inclined to offer multiyear deals to relievers.
The Red Sox are on the verge of acquiring another right-handed reliever named Ramon Ramirez, who had been with the Reds, was placed on outright waivers and claimed by the Rays, and has until Wednesday to accept or reject a waiver claim from the Red Sox. The Ramon Ramirez who was with the Sox last year is under Boston control for 2010; he'll be tendered a contract by Dec. 12.
The Sox expressed some interest in free-agent lefty reliever Darren Oliver, but no meetings had been scheduled with his agents as of Tuesday night.