Merloni: How Day 1 of Spring Training differed this year

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Merloni: How Day 1 of Spring Training differed this year

Lou Merloni joins Sports Tonight to compare day 1 of this year's camp vs. last year's camp.

"It just seems more like a normal day 1," said Merloni. "They just got back to the basics."

John Farrell says his team is eager to erase the memory of last year and turn the tables in 2013.

"To a man in that room everyone associates the name 'Red Sox' with winning," said Farrell. "That came out in conversations throughout the offseason. There's been an eagerness to get down here and get started."

To a certain extent, this year's spring training brings a return to normalcy with the return of Farrell. Tom E. Curran questions whether that comfort can ultimately lead to complacency.

"I don't think Farrell is the kind of guy you take advantage of," said Merloni. "John Farrell commands respect. He's not going to let them get comfortable."

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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.