During baseball’s winter meetings last week, not much happened with the Red Sox in terms of a big splash. But there was news.

Andrew Miller re-signed with Boston. And there was talk of moving reliever Daniel Bard to the rotation.

Both of the above moves beg the question: What about Tim Wakefield?

It seems more and more unlikely that Wakefield will get a chance to break the Red Sox wins records.

Wakefield has 186 wins with Boston, six behind Roger Clemens and Cy Young.

But Wakefield, 45, has not had an ERA under 4.00 since 2002, and he has been over 5.00 the past two seasons.

JASON VARITEK also seems destined to become an ex-Red Sox. He has batted .218 over the past four seasons and will be 40 next April.

Boston is committed to Jarrod Saltalamacchia as the starter. Former Sea Dogs catcher Ryan Lavarnway could be in line for the backup job.

DAVID ORTIZ is coming back to Boston now that he has accepted arbitration.

That guarantees him at least a one-year contract. But Ortiz wants more.

Reports are that the Red Sox offered a two-year deal at $18 million, and that Ortiz countered by asking for $25 million.

Why pay that much? Do you hear anyone bidding against the Red Sox?

COULD DANIEL BARD start? Of course he can. He was a starter for the University of North Carolina before the Red Sox drafted him.

But is he needed more in the bullpen, especially with Jonathan Papelbon gone?

THE RIGHT FIELD job is apparently Josh Reddick’s for now. General Manager Ben Cherington told reporters that he was comfortable with Reddick, and with Ryan Kalish coming along to eventually challenge for the job.

But it is December. Look for Cherington to bring in another outfielder, and preferably a right-handed bat.

CESAR CABRAL was once again taken in the Rule 5 draft. Cabral, 22, a left-handed reliever, pitched in Portland last year (3.52 ERA, 46 strikeouts in 38 innings). The results were not always smooth but the potential was there.

Cabral was taken by Kansas City and then traded to the Yankees.

The Yankees will have to keep Cabral on their 25-man major league roster all season or return him to the Red Sox.

Last year, Cabral was drafted by the Rays but eventually returned to the Red Sox.

FORMER SEA DOGS are finding homes with other organizations, including two pitchers from last year — Tommy Hottovy (Kansas City) and Kyle Fernandes (Texas). Catcher Dusty Brown has also gone to Texas. Journeyman infielder Keoni De Renne is with the Pirates, and outfielder Brandon Moss signed with Oakland.

Still waiting to hear word on minor league free agents Ryan Khoury, Blake Maxwell, Daniel Nava and Mark Wagner.

CHARLIE FURBUSH has been added to the guest list for the Sea Dogs Hot Stove Dinner on Jan. 13, to be held at the Marriott Hotel at Sable Oaks in South Portland.

Furbush, a left-hander from South Portland, made his major league debut with the Tigers this past season before being traded to Seattle. He will join Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and outfielder Josh Reddick.

For information on the dinner, contact the Sea Dogs at 879-9500.

LOOKING FOR gifts for that Red Sox fan in your life? Triumph Books has published an impressive coffee table book called “Field of our Fathers: An illustrated history of Fenway Park, 1912-2012”, by Richard Johnson (314 pages, $35).

With Fenway celebrating 100 years, there will be plenty of books and memorabilia around.

Staff Writer Kevin Thomas can be contacted at 791-6411 or at:

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