PROVIDENCE With the five spots in the rotation claimed by left-handers Jon Lester and Felix Doubront, and righties Clay Buchholz, John Lackey, and Ryan Dempster and lefty Franklin Morales and right-hander Alfredo Aceves as potential fill-ins, it may be difficult to find pitching depth with established veterans.
Certainly when you have two wide-open spots its an easier sell, said Cherington. But theres advantages to being in a camp like the Red Sox, too, because you know that people are going to be watching and hopefully its going to be a good environment for a pitcher whos trying to get ready for the regular season. They want to be in an environment where they can do that and theyre going to have all the resources that theyre going to need and hopefully we provide that. So well see. I dont think it's a necessity that we add someone but if we can we may do that.
Forget that cryptic Tweet to the Globe. David Ortiz isn't walking through that door, fans. At least not as a player.
"My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. "Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow.' Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency."
No one really thought he was contemplating a comeback, but last week he Tweeted this . . .
. . . and that raised hopes that he'd changed his mind.
Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.
Terms of the deals were not announced.
It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.