Progress made last night? GM mum

NASHVILLE -- Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington met briefly with Boston-area media before heading to the airport Thursday morning.

Some quick hits:

* “Last night we were working on a couple of things, but nothing ready to announce. We made progress on one thing, but it’s not quite teed up yet. Can’t say (if it was a signing or trade).’’

He did say the proposed acquisition did not involve a player previously reported on in the media, so stay tuned on that one.

“We’ve been trying to add to the team without taking away from the team and keep our core of young talent in place. Hopefully we’ve made some steps toward that, not just here but this offseason. But we still have more work to do, clearly. We’ve got to add more things. I guess it was productive. We learned a lot, got a couple of things done.

“Seems like when people leave the winter meetings, there’s a bit of a quiet period. People get out of the frenzy, take a step back, maybe realize that some of the stuff they were talking about wasn’t such a good idea. Sometimes things get close and never end up happening. Hopefully we learned a lot and at least have a better idea of how to execute the things that we need to do, want to do, the rest of the way.’’

* “We’d still like to add some complements to the team, preferably a left-handed hitter or hitters, so we’ll see if we can do that.’’

* Close on acquiring a starting pitcher? “I wouldn’t classify it as that,” Cherington said. “We’ve done more work on it, but nothing is close.’’