By Sean McAdam
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The start of the General Managers' meetings -- which begin here Tuesday -- is also, in effect, the official start of baseball's offseason.
With three significant players of his own eligible for free agency and significant holes to fill, Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein has plenty to do this offseason.
Here's a look at his To-Do List for this week -- and beyond.
Part One: Determine the market for Crawford and Werth
Part Two: See if there's interest in Matsuzaka
Part Three: Plan for life beyond Martinez and Beltre
Part Four: Assess the bullpen options
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.
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.