Red Sox counting on rebounds from several players

Red Sox counting on rebounds from several players

MLB.com is providing a multipart Spring Training primer over the next few days that will bring you up to speed on all the key issues as the Red Sox try to bounce back from consecutive last-place finishes.

Fittingly, the first segment features the players who are on a mission to have a rebound season.

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

Close friends Betts, Bogaerts poised to lead Sox

Young stars are looking to build on excellent 2015 seasons

Close friends Betts, Bogaerts poised to lead Sox

BOSTON -- Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts are just six days apart in age, having both been born during the first week in October 1992. And as the two ultra-talented players enter their age-23 seasons, they might be ready to take center stage for the Red Sox.

Sure, you'll hear plenty over the next few weeks about newly acquired star pitchers David Price and Craig Kimbrel. There will be a lot of talk about the great David Ortiz entering his final season. Dustin Pedroia, the gritty second baseman, will again be a focal point of Red Sox Nation.

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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.

Davis: Important to remember black history

Red Sox hitting coach grateful that Robinson, Doby paved the way for him, others

Davis: Important to remember black history

Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis, on why it is important we recognize Black History Month:

It is very important we recognize Black History Month. When you think about how the black race arrived in the United States of America and what they've been through and where we are now in society, we've come a long way. There's a lot of history and a lot of people that allowed us to be where we are now, both black and white. People that stood up for certain rights and were not willing to back down, some of them even gave their lives to have the rights that we have right now.

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Price breaks ground on 'Miracle Field' in hometown

Price breaks ground on 'Miracle Field' in hometown

BOSTON -- Red Sox fans will soon see up close that ace David Price is as passionate about community endeavors as he is about pitching. On Thursday, the lefty and his Project One Foundation broke ground on a new "Miracle Field" in his hometown of Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Price took part in the groundbreaking at McKnight Park, which is fittingly where the ace played his first games as a child.

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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.

Mookie can't stop bowling perfect games

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Mookie can't stop bowling perfect games

Mookie Betts is havin' himself one heckuva month. As if the rapid approach of Spring Training and the unveiling of his R.B.I. 16 cover weren't enough to have him whistling everywhere he walks, the 23-year-old Red Sox outfielder bowled his second perfect game of the last few weeks on Wednesday.

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Hitless Red Sox prospect becomes Super

Carolina Panthers linebacker was outfielder in Boston's system

Hitless Red Sox prospect becomes Super

Shaq Thompson, a lightning-quick and hard-hitting rookie linebacker for the Carolina Panthers, will be on display for the world to see in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday. But it wasn't that long ago that he briefly pursued a professional baseball career with the Boston Red Sox.

In 2012, the Red Sox were trying to think outside the box with some of their later-round picks in the MLB Draft. Amiel Sawdaye, at the time the club's director of amateur scouting, told his scouts to find some standout athletes who might have fallen through the cracks due to limited exposure in baseball.

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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.

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Barry M. Bloom

Kimbrel has a slight edge on Chapman

Kimbrel has a slight edge on Chapman

This offseason, after the Red Sox obtained Craig Kimbrel, the Yankees answered by adding Aroldis Chapman. And now, arguably, baseball's two top closers are in the American League East.

Kimbrel and Chapman, both 27, combined to save 72 games last year, 39 for Kimbrel in his only year with the Padres and 33 for Chapman in his final year with the Reds. Chapman routinely throws his fastball faster than 100 mph and Kimbrel is showing the long-term consistency that was a staple of the greatest relievers in recent history, Trevor Hoffman and Mariano Rivera.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pedro, Dombrowski fuel Sox community efforts

Organization takes part in service projects, RBI clinics

Pedro, Dombrowski fuel Sox community efforts

BROOKLINE, Mass. -- Within a couple weeks, the Red Sox will shift their operation 1,500 miles to the south and put their focus toward building a championship-caliber team. But Tuesday provided the opportunity for the organization to make a difference on a more personal level.

Some 160 members of the organization -- including Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, general manager Mike Hazen, manager John Farrell and former captain Jason Varitek -- participated in community service projects in and around Boston.

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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.

Around the Horn: Swihart to start Opening Day

Hanigan to serve in backup role as Vazquez recovers from surgery

Around the Horn: Swihart to start Opening Day

With the start of Spring Training three weeks away, anticipation is building for the 2016 season. MLB.com is going around the horn to break down each area of the Red Sox, continuing today with catcher.

The way the Red Sox have mapped things out as of this moment, Blake Swihart will be behind the plate on Opening Day in Cleveland. Manager John Farrell has already said as much. So, too, has president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski.

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

Red Sox place four on Top 100 Prospects list

Moncada (No. 7) shows most promise among Boston quartet

Red Sox place four on Top 100 Prospects list

The next wave of Red Sox prospects had a strong showing on MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects list, which was released on Friday, with Yoan Moncada, Rafael Devers, Andrew Benintendi and Anderson Espinoza all making the cut.

Of the promising young quartet in a loaded Boston farm system, Moncada is the most high-profile prospect and comes in at No. 7. The second baseman was in Class A last year, and after some initial struggles, he had a solid second half. He batted .278/.380/.438 in 81 games for Greenville.

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

Red Sox, Ross strike one-year deal

Red Sox, Ross strike one-year deal

The Red Sox and left-hander Robbie Ross Jr. avoided arbitration by settling on a one-year deal Friday. According to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, Ross will be paid $1.25 million for the 2016 season.

Ross, 26, came to Boston last January in a trade that sent pitcher Anthony Ranaudo to Texas. He was eligible for arbitration for the first time this offseason after making $566,500 in 2015.

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Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jonathan Mayo

Benintendi makes MLB Pipeline's Top 10 OF Prospects list

Twins' Buxton tops list, Rangers' Brinson and Mazara follow

Benintendi makes MLB Pipeline's Top 10 OF Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com will unveil its 2016 Top 100 Prospects list on Friday on MLB.com. The Top 50 will be revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to the release, we look at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position.

For the third (and likely the last) time, this Top 10 -- the final by-position ranking unveiled prior to the Top 100 Prospects list -- is headed by the Twins' Byron Buxton. He may not have taken the world by storm during his big league debut, but neither did Mike Trout. And, let's face it, Buxton's tools across the board are unparalleled.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayo on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Executives give insight into building a winner

Roundtable discussion in Boston peeks into minds of front offices

Executives give insight into building a winner

BOSTON -- Building a championship team is what every front office in every Major League organization spends the offseason -- and the season -- trying to do. It's much easier said than done.

That was the topic of a roundtable discussion in Boston on Thursday afternoon in a ballroom of a hotel just beyond Fenway Park's right-field bleachers. The program, moderated by veteran baseball writer Peter Gammons, featured Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski and general manager Mike Hazen, Giants GM Bobby Evans, Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins and Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein.

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

Inbox: Will Panda rebound in 2016?

Beat reporter Ian Browne answers questions from Red Sox fans

Inbox: Will Panda rebound in 2016?

With all the talk about Hanley Ramirez having a bounce-back year, what about Pablo Sandoval? What can we expect from him this season?
-- Kieran H., Melbourne, Australia

You are right. We've heard a lot about Hanley this offseason, but not as much about Sandoval. There is good news on that front. John Farrell recently visited with Sandoval and reports that he is 20-22 pounds lighter. Perhaps even more encouraging is that Sandoval told Farrell how personally he takes his lack of production last season and how determined he is to make up for it.

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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.

Devers No. 2 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 3B Prospects list

Rangers' Gallo grabs top spot, Boston's Devers leaps to No. 2

Devers No. 2 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 3B Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com will unveil its 2016 Top 100 Prospects list on Friday on MLB.com. The Top 50 will be revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to the release, we look at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position.

Kris Bryant, Joey Gallo, Miguel Sano and Maikel Franco claimed four of the top five spots on last year's list of the top third-base prospects, and together they combined to hit 64 big league home runs in 2015. Gallo retained rookie eligibility and headlines this year's crop of top prospects at the hot corner, which, as a whole, stand out more for overall hitting ability than power. And as it's so often the case with young third basemen, only time will tell how many of these guys will be able to remain at the position long term.

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

Price has enough swagger to win the Red Sox a World Series

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Price has enough swagger to win the Red Sox a World Series

Spring Training is less than a month away! Let us keep you company until the first pitcher-and-catcher workouts on Feb. 18 with a team-by-team countdown of reasons to get excited for the 2016 MLB season. Today: The Boston Red Sox

Previously: PHI | OAK | ATL | DET | CIN | SEA | COL | CWS | MIL

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Red Sox extend contract with Class A affiliate

The Red Sox and the Class A Greenville Drive have extended their player development contract through the 2020 season.

The Drive, who play in Greenville, S.C., are members of the South Atlantic League and have been affiliated with the Red Sox since 2005.

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

Pedroia working on all aspects of his game

Red Sox second baseman wants to be more of a speed threat in 2016

Pedroia working on all aspects of his game

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia regained his power last year, but he lost some of his speed -- particularly when he strained his right hamstring in late June.

This offseason, Pedroia has focused his workouts on being the type of player who can again frustrate the opposition in a multitude of ways.

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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.

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Phil Rogers

Rogers: Red Sox among most improved teams

Cubs, D-backs and Red Sox turn in next-best offseasons

Rogers: Red Sox among most improved teams

No Dave Dombrowski? No problem for the Tigers -- at least not in the short term.

It's still surprising that owner Mike Ilitch dismissed Dombrowski last August. It's tricky to deconstruct that move, especially since the Red Sox pounced on Dombrowski only two weeks after he cleaned out his office at Comerica Park.

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Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jonathan Mayo

Moncada tops MLB Pipeline's Top 10 2B Prospects list

Boston's Moncada leads list, followed by Reds' Peraza at No. 2

Moncada tops MLB Pipeline's Top 10 2B Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com will unveil its 2016 Top 100 Prospects list on Friday on MLB.com. The Top 50 will be revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to the release, we look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.

There has been quite a bit of turnover from last year to the 2016 edition of the Top 10 second-base prospects, with six new names joining the list, thanks to two graduations and four who dropped off the list.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayo on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Red Sox Winter Weekend a big hit

Fans get opportunity to interact with players past and present

Red Sox Winter Weekend a big hit

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- A man walked through a cluster of blackjack tables late Saturday night unable to contain his excitement. He couldn't wait to show off the latest image from the photo gallery of his phone.

"Look, I took a picture with Wade Boggs," said the Red Sox fan, who happened to be eating dinner in the same restaurant as the Hall of Famer who won five batting titles for Boston.

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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.

Betts cover player for R.B.I. Baseball 16

Betts cover player for R.B.I. Baseball 16

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- The dazzling athleticism of rising Red Sox star Mookie Betts has landed the outfielder an impressive honor at the age of 23 -- getting to be the cover athlete for the legendary video game franchise R.B.I. Baseball 16.

The announcement was made at the Red Sox Winter Weekend event at Foxwoods Resort and Casino on Saturday morning in a room filled with hundreds of fans.

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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.

Betts shares weird fears, travel stories

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Betts shares weird fears, travel stories

On Saturday, Red Sox center fielder and Rubik's Cube genius Mookie Betts revealed that he was on the cover of R.B.I. Baseball 16. He very kindly took a few minutes to tell us his favorite travel stories and to choose the teammates he'd most like to be stuck on a desert island with.

But if you really want to get to know Mookie, familiarize yourself with the essential facts about him. We asked him the four most important questions we could think of, and his answers did not disappoint. 

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Red Sox make Holt give his number back to Boggs

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Red Sox make Holt give his number back to Boggs

With great hair, the ability to play multiple positions and a penchant for coming up with insane defensive plays, Brock Holt has become a bit of a cult hero in Boston. Unfortunately, he doesn't match up with a Hall of Famer that hit .338 with over 2,000 hits in a Red Sox uniform. So, at the Red Sox Winter Weekend, Holt was called on to give up his jersey to the legendary third baseman, Wade Boggs. 

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Fans peek into front office at Winter Weekend

Red Sox event begins as Dombrowski, Hazen participate in panel

Fans peek into front office at Winter Weekend

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- What goes into the inner workings of a baseball front office? Red Sox fans were able to get a glimpse on Saturday in a panel discussion with president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski and general manager Mike Hazen.

The event was the opening panel of the Red Sox Winter Weekend at Foxwoods Resort and Casino.

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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.

Rehabbing Vazquez aims to show he's ready

Catcher coming back from Tommy John surgery; Red Sox using caution

Rehabbing Vazquez aims to show he's ready

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- After missing the entire 2015 season due to Tommy John surgery, Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez is not in the mood to ease into Spring Training.

Vazquez did take a break from his workouts to attend Red Sox Winter Weekend, but he'll be headed right back to JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla., in a matter of days.

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Hanley confident he'll pick up fellow infielders

Former shortstop excited about move to first, believes slimming down will help

Hanley confident he'll pick up fellow infielders

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- With a blizzard swirling around outside at Red Sox Winter Weekend, a slimmed-down Hanley Ramirez talked about the type of plays he envisions making at first base in the coming season.

Ramirez wants to give Dustin Pedroia, Xander Bogaerts and Pablo Sandoval the confidence that they can throw the ball into the dirt and he will "pick" them up.

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