Henry 1-on-1 with McAdam: 'I'm very optimistic about this year'

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Henry 1-on-1 with McAdam: 'I'm very optimistic about this year'

John Henry understands, and is comforted by, the understanding that Red Sox Nation gets it.

"One of the advantages we have in this . . . area, is that we have extremely knowledgeable baseball fans," the Red Sox owner told CSNNE.com's Sean McAdam in a one-on-one interview for Friday's 'The Baseball Show'. "So if they feel like that you're headed in the right direction, you don't necessarily have to win in any given year."

-- Watch Sean McAdam's entire interview with John Henry --
But that doesn't mean the Sox aren't going all out in 2013. Quite the contrary.

"I don't think anyone wants to win now more than we do . . . And from my perspective, I think we have a very good chance to win this year," he said. "I'm very optimistic about this year."

He also added: "Our main consideration, what occupies our thoughts, really, is getting back on a winning track . . . In my mind, at least, there's a really strong feeling about this team and where we're headed this year."

One of the reasons: He thinks the new troops are just as excited about being here as he is:

"Players want to play in Boston. Last year might have been an exception. But since we've been here, players want to be in Boston. And players that I have seen this week, and saw today, are really excited about what baseball means in this community and to be a part of this great franchise."

And talk of the team not spending money, he says, is just not true.

"We're hopeful of doing a deal with Jacoby Ellsbury. We'll have Jon Lester and Dustin Pedroia coming up. So it's not just free agency. We have done a lot of long-term deals -- including with a couple of the players that I just mentioned; home-grown, you might say, deals -- so I don't think people should worry about that aspect."

Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

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Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.

Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.

In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.

FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal. 

Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016. 

The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.

More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.