Red Sox first pick Marrero honored to be chosen

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Red Sox first pick Marrero honored to be chosen

BOSTON -- The Red Sox selected Arizona State junior Deven Marrero with their first-round pick (24th overall) in the First Year Player Draft, and the shortstop spoke to the media in a conference call on Tuesday, expressing his excitement to be selected by the Red Sox organization.

"This draft was interesting, and fun and exciting," said Marrero. "You had a lot of young players go in different spots. It was a fun draft, and I'm excited to be selected by the Red Sox. It's a great organization, and it's really an honor."

Marrero said the Red Sox have been following him since high school, and he's familiar with the New England area, as he's played in the Cape Cod League the last two years.

"That area up there is unbelievable," he said. "They love their sports, and they have a great reputation for every sport.

"It's a great vibe up there, and they all want to win and they all want championships. And going up there and getting that feel for that down the Cape was awesome. All the people who come to the Cape games and understand that you're part of the future. So, it was pretty cool."

Marrero hopes to make an impact in the organization as quickly as one of his fellow Sun Devils has in Dustin Pedroia.

"He's a unique player, but I'd like to put myself in his category, and hopefully do what he did," said Marrero. "Hopefully everything goes right, and I get a chance to do what he did."

If that's possible, he'll have to get back to what worked for him during his freshman season, win he had a team-leading .397 batting average. That average dipped to .315 his sophomore year, and eventually to .284 his junior year.

He called his junior year "different" because his team entered the season knowing they were banned from the postseason.

"I take away that this game's going to humble you," said Marrero. "This is baseball. Everyone has their year. Everyone has their time.

"I had to play through some injuries, and it was just a learning lesson for me, to keep my head straight and to continue playing and having fun. That's the main part."

He believes his offensive struggles -- if you want to call them that -- are fixable, as long as he continues to hit the ball hard, which he feels he did during his junior season, even though the batting average might not show it.

"My offensive game is, I'm a gap-to-gap guy," said Marrero. "And I felt like this year -- compared to my last two years -- balls just weren't getting through the infield. There were guys standing where my ball was landing. It's just one of those things. All I can control is hitting the ball. And from there on, the ball controls where it lands.

"I was focused. Nothing really different happened with my swing. It was just, I happened to be hitting the ball hard right at people, and that's just the way the game goes."

Pedro Martinez tells WEEI Ortiz will make comeback this season

Pedro Martinez tells WEEI Ortiz will make comeback this season

Never say never?

While Red Sox officials said at the team's annual Winter Weekend at Foxwoods on Saturday that they'd be traveling to the Dominican Republic to talk to David Ortiz about a role with the team, Pedro Martinez told WEEI he sees Big Papi returning to his old role - designated hitter - this season.

CSN's Trenni Kusnierek and WEEI's John Tomase talked to Martinez on their show Saturday at Foxwoods and Martinez said his old teammate would be making a comeback despite the long, emotional farewell tour last season. 

For the full interview with Martinez, click here.

Red Sox executives Tom Werner, Sam Kennedy and Dave Dombrowski made no mention of Ortiz returning as a player when talking about their Dominican trip. Ortiz has repeatedly said he is going to stay retired. 

Chris Sale on leaving White Sox: 'Time for both sides to do something different, I guess'

Chris Sale on leaving White Sox: 'Time for both sides to do something different, I guess'

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- While there’s a deal of anticipation going into Spring training with the four Killer B’s, David Price and Pablo Sandoval’s shot at redemption and Rick Porcello looking to be something similar to his 2016 self, there’s one name that trumps them all.

Chris Sale.

The lankly lefty received an ovation from fans at the Friday night Town Hall, kicking off Red Sox Winter Weekend. With his consistent success, there’s reason to be excited.

But there’s also reason for apprehension given the way Sale’s departure from Chicago was depicted. But he’s made sure to clear the air.

“I wouldn’t say . . . ya know . . . I loved my time in Chicago,” Sale said when asked if it was time to leave the Windy City. “My best baseball memories are there [and] will be there forever. I love the city; I love the people in the organization.

“It was time for both sides to do something different, I guess. I talked to (White Sox Senior V.P.) Rick on the phone, I talked to (White Sox pitching coach Don) Coop (Cooper). We’re all cool, it’s fine. We understand where both of us are, it happens in baseball, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Chicago.”

He didn’t seem irritated discussing the issue, and certainly wasn’t timid -- we all know that’s not in his DNA.

He genuinely seems excited to deal with the large sum of Sox fans and to call a new place home -- in a city his wife’s fond of no less.

But ultimately, he’s focused on winning, nothing else.

“Every time I’m out there it’s gonna be all I got,” Sale said. "Every time, no matter what. Can promise you that.”