FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Three Red Sox players -- prospect Xander Bogaerts (Netherlands); Alfredo Aceves (Mexico) and Shane Victorino (U.S.A.) -- will take part in the World Baseball Classic, meaning they'll only be in camp for a few weeks before leaving for WBC camps.
Bogaerts won't break camp with the team, and Aceves, having spent the last two seasons with the Sox, is familiar to the team. But there are challenges in not having Victorino, signed to a three-year deal in December, with his new team for the whole spring.
"In Shane's case, we're going to have 12-14 days max," said John Farrell. "The time he and Jacoby (Ellsbury) spent in the outfield together is going to be critical. Their understanding of how much range each has and their communication with Shane moving to right field full-time, that time they do have in camp will be critical as far as the reps together.
"Time missed can't be made up. We know it. Shane and I have talked about this. I know (USA manager) Joe Torre has guaranteed him a certain amount of at-bats. But as far as getting acclimated here, we're (talking about) three weeks max that he can miss. Every time, we have the opportunity to have he and Jacoby in the outfield, that to me is the focal point."
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:
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.