Pedroia 'ready to go,' sees Sox rebounding

Second baseman says he's fully recovered from wrist surgery

Pedroia 'ready to go,' sees Sox rebounding

LEDYARD, Conn. -- Dustin Pedroia no longer has any questions about his health, or any doubts about the kind of season he can have in 2015.

The second baseman was even more fired up than usual as he held court during the Red Sox's Winter Weekend at Foxwoods Resort and Casino on Saturday.

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Confident Kelly likes his Cy Young chances

Feeling healthy, right-hander makes bold prediction heading into spring

Confident Kelly likes his Cy Young chances

LEDYARD, Conn. -- Red Sox right-hander Joe Kelly did something no prognosticator is likely to do in the coming weeks. He picked himself to win the American League's Cy Young Award in 2015.

While Kelly seemed to be having fun by making the bold prediction - first in a radio interview and then in a group session with reporters - he was also showing his competitive fire.

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Craig feeling good, ready for action in 2015

Craig feeling good, ready for action in 2015

LEDYARD, Conn. -- Allen Craig was able to say something on Saturday that he couldn't have said with a straight face last year, or late in 2013.

"I feel good," said Craig. "I can't reiterate enough that I feel really good physically and I've had time to lift and just get ready physically and work on some things mechanically. You know, it's been good."

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Pumped up Panda sees snow for first time

Third baseman eager to spend time with teammates, heading to camp early

Pumped up Panda sees snow for first time

LEDYARD, Conn. -- It took Pablo Sandoval nearly three decades to see and feel snow for the first time, and that left him feeling like a kid on Christmas morning on Saturday. The discovery only added to Sandoval's excitement about joining the Red Sox.

"First time," said Sandoval, who hails from Venezuela and made his previous baseball home in San Francisco. "As a little kid, you want to play with that. At my age, 28, seeing snow for the first time is the greatest time."

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Henry open to bolstering Red Sox with in-season moves

Revamped roster may undergo more work depending on team's success

Henry open to bolstering Red Sox with in-season moves

LEDYARD, Conn. -- There's still a month or so until Spring Training begins, and therefore plenty of time for general manager Ben Cherington to make further personnel tweaks, but Red Sox principal owner John Henry is pretty happy with the state of the team's roster.

From the starting pitcher trio of Rick Porcello, Wade Miley and Justin Masterson to the big bats like Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, Henry is pleased with what Cherington & Co. have done to prepare a rebound from 2014's disappointing season.

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Tim Healey is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Red Sox owner supports Major League pitch clock

Henry part of committee discussing pace of game

Red Sox owner supports Major League pitch clock

LEDYARD, Conn. -- A pitch clock could be coming to the Major Leagues -- eventually, as far as Red Sox principal owner John Henry can tell.

One of the results of Major League Baseball's pace of game committee -- which was formed in September and included Sox chairman Tom Werner and partner Michael Gordon -- is the implementation of a pitch clock in Triple-A and Double-A games during the 2015 season.

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Tim Healey is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Henry backs Boston's 2024 Olympics bid

Red Sox owner unaffiliated with official campaign, open to making Fenway Park available for Games

Henry backs Boston's 2024 Olympics bid

LEDYARD, Conn. -- Count Red Sox principal owner John Henry among the prominent Bostonians in favor of bringing the 2024 Olympics to the Hub.

Henry, speaking at Foxwoods as the club kicked off its "Winter Weekend," said he isn't formally involved with the "Boston 2024" campaign, but he supports what the organization is trying to do.

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Tim Healey is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cherington: Content with rotation, no plans to add ace

Noting pricey free-agent market, GM says Sox's starters have 'untapped potential'

Cherington: Content with rotation, no plans to add ace

BOSTON -- Though James Shields remains a free agent and Cole Hamels still hasn't been traded by the Phillies, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington isn't expecting to make a marquee pitching acquisition before Spring Training.

The Red Sox made their bid for Jon Lester (six years, $135 million), and once that fell short, they deepened the rotation by adding Rick Porcello, Wade Miley and Justin Masterson. They'll likely join Clay Buchholz and Joe Kelly.

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Pedro honored with prestigious Fuchs Award

Former Red Sox great, Hall of Fame inductee thanks teammates, fans

Pedro honored with prestigious Fuchs Award

BOSTON -- Just hours after it was revealed that Pedro Martinez will go into the Hall of Fame with a Red Sox logo on his plaque, the icon stood in front of his fans to receive another honor.

Martinez received the Judge Emil Fuchs Award for his long and meritorious service to the game at Thursday night's Boston Baseball Writers Dinner.

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Hal Bodley

Red Sox set for another worst-to-first rebound

Coming off tough 2014 season, Boston built to contend for AL East in '15

Red Sox set for another worst-to-first rebound

Start with this: When it comes to defending a World Series championship, the 2014 Red Sox were one of the worst in baseball history.

In 2012, the cloud over Red Sox Nation was as dark as it gets. Boston was dreadful, finishing dead last in the tough American League East. But from the depths of despair and 93 losses, the Red Sox picked up the pieces, rebuilt the team and roared to the top of the division and polished off the stunned Cardinals in the 2013 World Series.

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Hal Bodley is the senior correspondent for MLB.com. Follow him @halbodley on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Victorino is texting manager photos of his abs

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Victorino is texting manager photos of his abs

The offseason makes everyone a little crazy. The players are hungry to start playing again, the managers are making lineup cards out of to-do lists and fans are scrounging around under the couch looking for any taste of baseball they can find.

Shane Victorino is dealing with his cabin fever a little differently. Namely, he's texting his manager, John Farrell, photos of his abs. Which hey, if you've got 'em, show 'em off. 

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Betts happy to stay with Red Sox

Outfielder honored as club's Minor League Player of the Year

Betts happy to stay with Red Sox

BOSTON -- If the Red Sox had dealt for a front-line pitcher this winter, they might have had to trade the five-tool talent of Mookie Betts.

But the outfielder stayed put, and he was in Boston on Thursday night to collect an award -- the Minor League Player of the Year for the Red Sox in 2014.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pedro, Biggio, Smoltz select Hall of Fame caps

Martinez's plaque will feature a Red Sox logo; other two pick longtime clubs

Pedro, Biggio, Smoltz select Hall of Fame caps

The Hall of Fame has announced the cap selections for the plaques of recent electees Craig Biggio, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz, with all three players choosing the teams they spent the most time with during their careers.

Biggio, who played his entire 20-year career in Houston, will wear the Astros cap; Martinez, who spent seven of his 18 seasons in Boston, will wear a Red Sox cap; and Smoltz, who spent 20 of his 21 years in Atlanta, will don a Braves hat.

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cherington: Motivated Victorino 'a very good thing'

GM says potential logjam in outfield gives Red Sox more possibilities

Cherington: Motivated Victorino 'a very good thing'

BOSTON -- If a healthy Shane Victorino causes a logjam in the outfield, the Red Sox would be all for it. The right fielder, who played an instrumental role in the World Series championship of 2013, is on the mend following back surgery, and he is expected to be a full-go for Spring Training.

"I think a motivated Shane Victorino out to prove something is a very good thing, for him and the Red Sox," general manager Ben Cherington said prior to Thursday's Boston Baseball Writers Dinner. "So I'm just excited to see him. I think we'll see him later this week. We know what kind of player he is if he's healthy and on the field. He's certainly done all he needs to do this offseason.

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Jim Callis

Swihart No. 1 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 C Prospects list

Red Sox's Swihart sits atop list, followed by Rangers' Alfaro and Cubs' Schwarber

Swihart No. 1 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 C Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday, Jan. 30, on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.

Though only one catcher (Blake Swihart of the Red Sox) fits in the top 40 spots on MLBPipeline.com's upcoming 2015 Top 100 Prospects list, talent behind the plate actually runs deep. The Minors are teeming with backstops who have the tools to contribute offensively and defensively in the big leagues in the near future. This list could see a lot of turnover a year from now, as Christian Bethancourt figures to be the Braves' starter and Swihart, Kevin Plawecki (Mets) and J.T. Realmuto (Marlins) could be playing regularly in the Majors by season's end.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bogaerts should see better results back at shortstop

Second-year infielder hopes to man position for long time next to Pedroia

Bogaerts should see better results back at shortstop

With the start of Spring Training just a few weeks away, anticipation is building for the 2015 season. MLB.com is going around the horn to break down each area of the Red Sox, continuing today with middle infield.

When Dustin Pedroia does his first double-play drill of Spring Training, he might do a double take. Pedroia will flip the ball to Xander Bogaerts, the same shortstop he started and ended last season with.

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Owens No. 4 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 LHP Prospects list

Dodgers' 18-year-old Urias leads list, followed by White Sox's Rodon, Jays' Norris

Owens No. 4 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 LHP Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday, Jan. 30, on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.

Though all of the left-handers who ranked on last year's preseason Top 10 are still eligible to be considered for inclusion this year, there are still several new faces on this list. Julio Urias, Henry Owens and Andrew Heaney are the holdovers, albeit with their order reversed from last year.

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Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Red Sox reportedly sign left-hander Eveland

Red Sox reportedly sign left-hander Eveland

The Red Sox have reportedly signed left-hander Dana Eveland to a Minor League contract that includes an invitation to Major League Spring Training, according to SB Nation. The club has not confirmed the deal.

Eveland appeared in 30 games for the Mets last year, posting a 2.63 ERA over 27 1/3 innings.

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: What value does Craig add to Red Sox?

Beat reporter Ian Browne fields Boston fans' questions

Inbox: What value does Craig add to Red Sox?

After all of the rumors surrounding Allen Craig, what do you think his role with the Red Sox is, if any? I think he is in for a bounceback season and can take over first base if Mike Napoli departs in free agency after the season.
-- Drew H., Derby, Conn.

It's hard to see where Craig fits at this point and time. The Red Sox have Napoli at first and an overcrowded outfield even without Craig. For depth at first and the outfield, they have Daniel Nava and Brock Holt. I think that there could be some trade interest in Craig, but teams would like to monitor him in Spring Training to see if he's swinging the bat better and moving better than he was last year. You do make a good point about Craig being a better fit for Boston in 2016 than '15, since both Napoli and Shane Victorino could become free agents after this season.

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Panda says he left money on the table in SF

Third baseman also guarantees AL East title for Red Sox in radio interview

Panda says he left money on the table in SF

Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval said Tuesday on MLB Network Radio he didn't let the Giants make a final offer before signing with Boston, and he guaranteed the Red Sox would win the American League East this season.

Sandoval -- who signed a five-year, $95 million contract with a $17 million club option this offseason -- spoke on "The Leadoff Spot" with Steve Phillips and Todd Hollandsworth.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Berry reportedly set to begin second stint with Red Sox

Team signs outfielder to Minor League deal with Spring Training invite

Berry reportedly set to begin second stint with Red Sox

The Red Sox reportedly agreed to a Minor League deal with outfielder Quintin Berry on Saturday that includes an invitation to Spring Training.

The deal is believed to be worth $620,000 if Berry, now in his second stint with Boston, makes the Major League roster.

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Jamal Collier is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Routine helping Castillo continue assimilation

Routine helping Castillo continue assimilation

BOSTON -- For Rusney Castillo, the adrenaline of the crash course has given way to the comfort of getting into a routine. The whirlwind that took place for Castillo after signing late last August was exhilarating, but he didn't have a whole lot of time to get his feet under him.

If you remember, in the span of just a few short weeks, Castillo went from the Gulf Coast League playoffs to the Double-A playoffs to the Triple-A playoffs to the Boston Red Sox. And once that was over, he played in the Arizona Fall League and even some winter ball action in Puerto Rico.

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Betts eager to continue development with Red Sox

Betts eager to continue development with Red Sox

BOSTON -- Mookie Betts doesn't get caught up in the hype that surrounds him. Just listen to the way he answered a question on Friday about going to Major League Spring Training for the first time.

"I haven't got an invite yet, but when I do, I know I'll be excited about going and seeing what it's like over there," said Betts, who is one of 10 players participating in Red Sox Rookie Camp under the bubble at Harvard Stadium this week.

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Napoli, Panda anchor corner infield for Sox

First baseman eyes bounce-back campaign, while Panda will man third base

Napoli, Panda anchor corner infield for Sox

With the start of Spring Training just a few weeks away, anticipation is building for the 2015 season. MLB.com is going around the horn to break down each area of the Red Sox, continuing today with corner infield.

While all eyes will be on free-agent acquisition Pablo Sandoval in his first season with the Red Sox, there is a player on the other corner of the infield who could end up being even more productive.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pedroia cleared to resume baseball activities

Coming off left hand surgery, second baseman eager to get back on field

Pedroia cleared to resume baseball activities

BOSTON -- Four months after undergoing surgery on his left hand, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is full speed ahead as he prepares for Spring Training.

"He's doing great," manager John Farrell told MLB Network Radio on Wednesday. "Our most recent conversation was yesterday, and he's been cleared from a physical standpoint to resume all baseball activities. Strength has been regained completely from the surgery."

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Bernie Pleskoff

Pleskoff: Red Sox prospects on the cusp

Owens, Swihart among top prospects who could impact big league club in 2015

Pleskoff: Red Sox prospects on the cusp

In this series, Bernie Pleskoff takes a team-by-team look at which top prospects are poised to make a contribution at the big league level in 2015.

It is more than likely clubs are calling the Red Sox constantly to try to pry their Major League ready prospects from the organization. The Red Sox are loaded with talented position players and pitchers that could help Boston add some veterans to their roster.

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Bernie Pleskoff has served as a professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. Follow @BerniePleskoff on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sox promote Ferreira to VP, baseball administration

She becomes third female to reach that level in a big league front office

BOSTON -- The Red Sox announced a series of promotions and hirings in their front office on Tuesday, and perhaps most notable is the ascension of Raquel Ferreira to vice president of baseball administration.

Ferreira has worked in Minor League operations for the Red Sox for the last 16 years, and she becomes the third female to be elevated to the position of vice president in a baseball-operations department in the Major Leagues.

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Sox send Butler to Nats for Rosenbaum in Minors swap

Sox send Butler to Nats for Rosenbaum in Minors swap

The Red Sox and Nationals traded Minor League players on Tuesday, with Boston sending catcher Dan Butler to Washington in exchange for left-hander Danny Rosenbaum. Nationals general manager and president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Butler, 28, spent the majority of the 2014 season with Triple-A Pawtucket and hit .241. He also had limited action with the Red Sox, appearing in seven games. Butler was recently designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Craig Breslow.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Should prospect Swihart move to first base?

Beat reporter Ian Browne answers Red Sox fans' questions

Inbox: Should prospect Swihart move to first base?

Does Christian Vazquez's emergence mean that Blake Swihart may possibly get some time at first base in Triple-A to replace Mike Napoli next year? If not, what should the Sox do with these two talented prospects?
-- Matt L., Palm City, Fla.

There's no reason to take Swihart, ranked by MLB.com as the club's No. 2 prospect, away from catching at this point. Let him continue his development at Triple-A Pawtucket, and then that gives you more time to get a read on how Vazquez is performing in the Majors. Swihart could potentially move to another spot defensively, such as first base, but his best value is probably at catcher, where it's so hard to find good offensive players. That's why Napoli was a catcher for so long in his career before a hip condition finally forced his move to first.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.