Red Sox announce 2013 non-roster invitees

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Red Sox announce 2013 non-roster invitees

BOSTON, MAGeneral Manager Ben Cherington announced today that 19 players will attend the Red Sox Major League Spring Training camp as non-roster invitees.

Pedro Beato, RHP Beato went 1-0 with a 4.70 ERA in four relief appearances with Boston after being acquired from the New York Mets on August 16.

Xander Bogaerts, INF Bogaerts comes into camp as Bostons No. 1 prospect according to Baseball America. He was named Red Sox Minor League Offensive Player of the Year after he hit .307 with 20 home runs and 81 RBI in 127 games between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland.

Jackie Bradley, OF The 22-year-old hit .315 with nine home runs and 63 RBI in 128 games between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland last season. Bradley was named the Red Sox Minor League Defensive Player of the Year

Chris Carpenter, RHP Carpenter posted a 2.08 ERA in 21 appearances between the Gulf Coast League Red Sox, Greenville, Portland, and Pawtucket.

Anthony Carter, RHP The 26-year-old Carter posted a 4-6 record with a 4.60 ERA in 39 appearances for Triple-A Charlotte in the White Sox organization.

Jose De La Torre, RHP De La Torre went 9-1 with a 2.80 ERA in 46 appearances for Double-A Akron, Triple-A Columbus, and Pawtucket.

Jonathan Diaz, INF Diaz hit .221 with four home runs and 40 RBI in 134 games between Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Las Vegas in the Blue Jays system.

Terry Doyle, RHP Doyle was in both the Twins and White Sox organizations last year. He returned to the White Sox organization where he pitched for Triple-A Charlotte where he went 6-3 with a 2.83 ERA in 12 games.

Mark Hamilton, INFOF Hamilton spent last year with Triple-A Memphis in the Cardinals organization where he hit .231 with 15 home runs and51 RBI90 games with Triple-A Memphis in the Cardinals organization.

Jeremy Hazelbaker, OF In 121 games between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket last season, Hazelbaker combined to hit .273 with 19 home runs and 67 RBI.

Justin Henry, INF Henry played for Triple-A Toledo in the Tigers organization where he hit .300 with one home run and 38 RBI in 131 games.

Chris Hernandez, LHP Hernandez pitched for both Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket in 2012 and combined to go 5-12 with a 3.26 ERA in 26 games.

Juan Carlos Linares, OF Linares hit .316 with 16 home runs and 62 RBI in 110 games between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket last season.

Mitch Maier, OF Maier, split the 2012 season between Triple-A Omaha and the Kansas City Royals. Maier hit .172 with two home runs and seven RBI in 32 games with the Royals. In 38 games for Triple-A Omaha, he hit .288 with four home runs and 17 RBI.

Deven Marrero, INF The Red Sox first-round selection in the 2012 Draft, Marrero hit .268 with two home runs and 24 RBI in 64 games for Single-A Lowell.

Lyle Overbay, INF Overbay, split the 2012 season between the Diamondbacks and Braves, where he hit .259 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 65 games.

Drew Sutton, INF Sutton, In his 42 games between the Pirates and Rays, he hit .254 with one home run and 13 RBI.

Ryan Sweeney, OF Sweeney batted .260 with 16 RBI in 63 games for the Red Sox before his season was ended after he punched a wall in the dugout.

Oscar Villarreal, LHP Villarreal, went 3-1 with a 2.88 ERA in 37 games for Triple-A Norfolk in the Orioles minor league system.

Eight of the 19 invitees have previous major league experience. Beato, Carpenter and Sweeney all saw action for the Red Sox in 2012.

Dombrowski defends John Farrell after group strategy meeting on Monday

Dombrowski defends John Farrell after group strategy meeting on Monday

 

The Red Sox braintrust had a meeting on Monday's off-day to strategize with a 22-21 team that's underperforming and in third place.

President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told NESN's Tom Caron on the Sox pre-game show that he was part of a meeting with Farrell, assistant general managers Eddie Romero and Brian O'Halloran and vice president of baseball research and development Zack Scott.

"We sat down yesterday for over a couple hours," Dombrowski told Caron. "I [had] already talked to some of our scouts and just kind of [went] over our club to try to get it to fit together a little bit. Because some of those things, the injuries, and even the guys that are playing, like in Hanley [Ramirez's] case, it does affect what you’re trying to do. So normally at this time of year, I think you have a better pulse [of the team]. But I think we need a little bit more time. We just really haven’t flowed as a club. We haven’t played as well as I think we’re capable of and I think we need to give ourselves that opportunity."

Asked about Farrell's job security, Dombrowski defended a manager whose 2018 option was picked up over the winter.

"Well, we won a divisional crown last year," Dombrowski said. "He managed very well for us at the time. I think that John, as well as everybody else, is frustrated by our performance and that we haven’t taken off, but we’re not buried either. I mean, we’re four games out of first place and we really haven’t been in a flow. And when you look at it, it’s like, OK, last week Thursday we won two great games in St. Louis. I wasn’t with the team, I was in Salem. 

"Well I looked at the match-up on Thursday, and I’m thinking, well if [Sonny] Gray throws like he’s capable, I’m not sure what we’re going to get out of [Hector] Velazquez at that particular time. And of course, Velazquez didn’t have a very good outing. So you lose that ball game. Is that John’s fault? I can’t put that on John. 

"Friday night, you have Chris Sale, he threw the ball very well. Well the play that Trevor Plouffe made on Hanley Ramirez, I don’t know if he’s made a play like that all year long. Mookie Betts, in the ninth inning gets a line drive right at the third baseman. Well you have a chance to score five or six runs, didn’t happen. No excuses, but it’s one of those where I think to pin those things on John Farrell are just not fair. I think we’re in a position where he’s managed well, he’s managed divisional champions. I think we’re in a position, we have a good club. We just need to get in a better flow of things."

Dombrowski felt the Sox were harder to evaluate a quarter into the season than most teams would be.

"Because the reality is when you look at our ballclub, it really hasn’t been together at all at any point during the year for me," he said. "So I think when you look at it, you say OK, well, we need to improve our fourth and fifth starters. Well, David Price comes back next week — we think he’ll be back next week. So that’s a pretty big addition, that’s like making a major trade. 

"I still think Drew Pomeranz, although he has scuffled at times, should be a fourth-, fifth-type starter on a good club. … We need to straighten him out. I think he’s capable of doing that. When you talk about bullpen, our bullpen’s been good but I still think we’re going to get Carson Smith in a short time period, so that’s another addition that we have.

"Third base, you know has been a hole for us where Pablo Sandoval could be back very soon. I’m not sure where Brock Holt fits into that whole equation. So we’re really on our fifth third baseman right now when you look at it. Pablo is there, and then Brock Holt was there. Marco Hernandez is going to have surgery, we’re going to miss him for the rest of the year. Josh Rutledge has been over there."

Holt, out with vertigo, and the Red Sox are regrouping. Holt's exhausted the 20 days permitted for a minor league rehab stint, and is heading to Pittsburgh to meet concussion expert Micky Collins. Another rehab stint figures to follow eventually, barring a change in diagnosis.

Hernandez is to have surgery on his left shoulder Friday, which likely ends his season.

Hanley Ramirez can still be the DH, but his sore shoulders have relegated him to only that position, not first base. That's part of the reason Sam Travis was added to the roster Tuesday.

"There’s a couple reasons behind it," Dombrowski said of Travis' call-up.  "We’re in a position where we have a roster spot for a positional player. Secondly, we’ve talked about giving Mitch [Moreland] a little bit of a blow on his feet at times, to not play too many games. And we faced a left hand pitcher tomorrow [in the Rangers' Martin Perez]. He’s been hitting the ball well, Sam has. 

"We’re trying to sit [Moreland] a little bit vs. the left-handed pitching. Even though he’s done OK, we just don’t want him to get too tired as the year goes on. And the reality is, originally that was going to be Hanley [playing first base vs. lefties]. Well, Hanley’s not available to do that now, so we needed to make an adjustment ourself on how to do that. And with the extra roster spot, Pawtucket right down the road, we figure it’s a good chance to give him that opportunity. 

"In Hanley’s case, not playing first base, people don’t realize at times how much that changes the mix of your club. Because at some time, we are going to have Chris Young get at-bats and DH at that point."

Napoli: Red Sox and his agent only had 'small talk' about reunion

Napoli: Red Sox and his agent only had 'small talk' about reunion

BOSTON -- Of course, the Rangers' Mike Napoli didn't mind the idea of replacing David Ortiz. He loved playing in Boston.

There just was never much chatter that way last offseason, when Napoli was a free agent after his Indians took the Cubs to seven games in the World Series.

"I think my agent had maybe a small talk or something [with the Red Sox], but I don't think it ever would have happened," Napoli said Tuesday afternoon as he returned to Fenway Park with Texas. "I mean, don't get me wrong, I would have loved to come back. But, I mean, it all worked out. I'm glad to be where I'm at now. Because I knew everybody here [with the Rangers]. I didn't have to start over again."

Napoli played with the Rangers in 2011 and '12, and was traded by the Sox to Texas for the last few months of the 2015 season.

He was hopeful the Sox -- his team from 2013 to midseason 2015 -- would be among the clubs to come calling last winter.

"Oh, yeah," he said.

But he wasn't optimistic it was going to happen. And it didn't.

"To be honest with you . . . Cleveland was my first priority," he said. "I just had a World Series run [with the Indians] and we didn't win it. And then Texas was there [in the bidding, along with] Minnesota."

The Rangers wound up giving Napoli, 35, a one-year deal for 8.5 million with an $11 million club option for next season or a $2.5 million buyout. He's hitting just .188 entering Tuesday, a subpar figure, but has 10 home runs.

"We started off pretty slow, but winning 10 straight will help," Napoli said of the Rangers' recent tear. "[Winning] 11 of 12, we've been playing better. I think we kind of lost track of who we are. We got some guys struggling, still trying to find themselves and kind of got away from doing it together as a team, but we got back to doing that. It's been going pretty well."

Part of the World Series championship team of four years ago, Napoli loved being in Boston in 2013, and he enjoys being back now.

"What we were able to do in 2013, obviously, it's something I'l never forget and something I cherish," Napoli said. "I love coming back here to play."

When it was noted there's been so much turmoil since Napoli left -- the talk of Tuesday was manager John Farrell's job security -- he was unsurprised.

"You got to have thick skin to play here," Napoli said. "You're expected to win a championship every single year. But that's what I loved about playing here, is that people were on you. For me, I loved it. A lot of people probably couldn't do it.

"I knew it in my heart that I went out there and I played as hard as I possibly could every single time . . . I know you're not going to be perfect and live up to everyone."