Younger Drew comes to Boston


Younger Drew comes to Boston

I was optimistic about the Red Sox signing Stephen Drew, but that was before I really thought about. Once I did, I remembered that Drew's no longer the up-and-coming prospect that I still envision in my mind, but instead a soon-to-be 30-year-old who hasn't been a factor since 2010. A guy at the tail end of his career, with a lingering ankle injury and shared genes with a former player who didn't exactly excel under the Fenway microcscope.

Then there's the fact that in signing Drew, the Sox have made it clear that they don't think Jose Iglesias is ready. This would be the second straight season where that's the case, leading to obvious the question: Is he ever going to be ready? Will the greatest defensive shortstop in Red Sox history potentially never even play for the team? Or is now just about bridging the gap to Xander Bogaerts?

Either way, I guess it's hard to get too bent out of shape about the Stephen Drew signing. If he can stay healthy, he'll be solid enough. He'll make plays. He'll also be playing for another contract, so there's extra motivation on the table.

If he can't stay healthy? Or just has a bad season? Not a huge deal.

We'll just be happy the Sox didn't give him the newly customary three-year, 39 million, or the five-year, 70 million Drew family rate.

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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.”