It’s been way too long since we’ve had some real baseball news to talk about. I mean on-the-field stuff, not Roger Clemens’ ass or the Mitchell Report or Bud Selig’s withering face. Nick Cafardo’s piece on the Red Sox farm system – ranked second in the majors, bucko – is just what the doctor ordered.

When we last left Buchholz, the Sox medical staff had shut him down in late September because his shoulder had tested for weakness and they didn’t want to take any chances.

“My shoulder feels great,” said Buchholz, who acknowledges he was very disappointed to learn he wouldn’t be on the postseason roster. “I don’t feel the fatigue anymore.

“I know what it’s going to take for me to stay on the team this year. A lot of hard work and dedication goes into being prepared for 162 games, and that was my offseason this year, that was [what] I put all the dedication toward. I think I’m right at 191 [pounds] right now, actually. It’s better than the 178 I was last year.”

Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about. Can you smell spring coming? Me too.