Eight years ago, the Red Sox took a chance on a shortstop at Arizona State University.
Monday night, with their first pick in the 2012 draft, they did it again, choosing Deven Marrero 24th overall. The Sox can only hope that he has the kind of career that Dustin Pedroia has had, whom the Sox took in the first round out of ASU in 2004.
Marrero is viewed as a superb defender, but there are questions about his offense, especially after he slumped to hit .284 this past season.
He was tabbed as the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 and made All-Pac-12 first team in 2012.
As a sophomore, he hit .315 after hitting .397 as a freshman.
Marrero was chosen out of high school by the Cincinnati Reds in the 17th round in 2009, but elected to go to college instead.
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.