“Friends of Cody Ross” say the Red Sox are in the lead for his services

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Adding to our list of favorite expressions from the offseason hot stove reports: “friends of [player] say …”

Which, by the way, I think it totally legit. Just often incomplete. Friends often know stuff. But how close are these friends? Is the player one of those guys with a close circle of trusted comrades, or a party guy with a hundred friends? Do Internet friends count? So many questions.

 

Also, are there ever implied air quotes? Because “friends” of Cody Ross is totally different than “friends of Cody Ross.”  I dunno. Just asking.