Jason Varitek (R) of the Boston Red Sox looks at Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Danys Baez after Baez tagged him out in a rundown between third base and home plate during the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland August 1, 2009. Home plate umpire Jeff Kellogg (behind Varitek) is holding him back. REUTERS/Joe Giza (UNITED STATES SPORT BASEBALL)

While the Boston Red Sox were enjoying their off day in Tampa yesterday, there was a report out of Seattle about Theo Epstein trying to acquire King Felix Hernandez from the Seattle Mariners.

Apparently the Red Sox offered any of five of the following prospects, RHP Clay Buchholz, RHP Daniel Bard, RHP Justin Masterson, LHP Nick Hagadone, RHP Michael Bowden, LHP Felix Doubront, OF Josh Reddick and SS Yamaico Navarro. Seattle shot that down but Theo then called San Diego Padres GM to try and broker a 3-team deal.

In the end it didn’t work out though as the Mariners ultimately decided they didn’t want to part with Hernandez. It’s still possible though that the teams talk again in the offseason.

Big series coming up for the Red Sox against the Rays as we all know the Red Sox have struggled in Tampa. And looming after that is an ever bigger matchup with the Yankees.

It’s going to be a fun but probably stressful week of Red Sox baseball. Would we have it any other way though?

Was there a big pitch for Hernandez? [Boston Globe]

Suddenly the heat is upon the Sox [Boston Globe]

Video: Red Sox fan drinks beer from sneaker [Red Sox Monster]

Bard untouchable for Red Sox [RedSox.com]

Sox thinking big with addition of Martinez [RedSox.com]

Josh Reddick Gives Red Sox Nation a Glimpse of the Team’s Possible Right Fielder of the Future [Wicked Good Sports]

Everything’s in order for suddenly potent Sox [Providence Journal]

Red Sox journal: Blockbuster deal for Felix Hernandez couldn’t get done, according to reports [Providence Journal]

Enough already; release all the names and move on [Providence Journal]

Sunday Slugfest Nuggetpalooza! [Nuggetpalooza]

Major growth in Daniel Bard [Boston Herald]

Jon Lester to start, finish big series [Boston Herald]

For more slices of Boston Red Sox goodness, head over to the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, and Providence Journal websites.

And if you must see what the enemy papers are saying you can check out the Tampa Tribune and St. Petersburg Times websites.