Henry: We'll get a great manager

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Henry: We'll get a great manager

He speaks!

Red Soxowner John Henry -- invisible during the recent goings-on at FenwayPark -- took to Twitter on Tuesday night and assured the public the RedSox would "secure a great manager" to replace TerryFrancona.

Henry wasslightly injured in a fall on his boat last Friday, and thus missed theevening press conference in which fellow owner Tom Werner and CEO LarryLucchino discussed the team's parting of the ways with Francona. ("Ijust ended up in the hospital trying to get to a press conference. I'vealways preferred talking with fans," he joked on Twitter in response toan inquiry.) Tuesday's Tweets were his first public comments sinceFrancona's departure.

He said he, Werner andLucchino are being kept up to date by general manager Theo Epstein andassistant GM Ben Cherington, and expressed confidence the search wouldbe as successful as the one that landed Francona eight yearsago:

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JohnW.HenryAnother productive day this week at Fenway. Tom, Larry and I werebriefed by Theo and Ben on the managerial search. Due diligence thisweek.
Oct05 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

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JohnW.HenryCalls and maybe interviews next week. Excited to once again bring insmart, creative, hands-on leadership. We have the right peoplelooking.
Oct05 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

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JohnW.HenryWe got the managers search right eight years ago with Tito and Maddonas finalists. Well secure a great manager this time aswell.
Oct05 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

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.