Wakefield to tutor knuckler Wright

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Wakefield to tutor knuckler Wright

The latest Red Sox spring training notes include the return of Tim Wakefield. No, he won't be back in uniform, but rather serving as tutor to 28-year-old knuckleballer Steven Wright.

Wake is expected to be in Florida next week to work with Wright. Many in the Red Sox front office believe Wright could impact the team this season.

Also in the notes, David Ortiz continues his rehab and proclaims himself at about 90 health. Ortiz is not expected to participate in the early slate of Grapefruit League action.

And finally, Ben Cherington has said his preference is to break camp with 12 pitchers and not 13. In the past, the Sox have taken 13 pitchers out of necessity, not out of preference.

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Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

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Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

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.

Not so.

 

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

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.