Matt Albers and Dennys Reyes are in, and Hideki Okajima and Alfredo Aceves are out as the Red Sox made their final roster cuts to 25 on Monday.
Okajima, the veteran left-hander who has been a mainstay in the Boston bullpen since 2007, was optioned to Pawtucket along with Aceves, the right-hander signed after he was non-tendered by the Yankees. Albers and Reyes were both offseason pickups, and made the team based on their work in the exhibition season.
STARTING PITCHERS (5): Jon Lester, John Lackey, Clay Buchholz, Josh Beckett and Daisuke Matsuzaka.
RELIEVERS (7): Jonathan Paplebon, Daniel Bard, Bobby Jenks, Dan Wheeler, Tim Wakefield, Dennys Reyes, and Matt Albers.
CATCHERS (2): Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jason Varitek.
INFIELDERS (6): Adrian Gonzalez, David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, Marco Scutaro, and Jed Lowrie.
OUTFIELDERS (5): Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, J.D. Drew, Mike Cameron, and Darnell McDonald.
Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis.
Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time.
The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.
Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball.
Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer. And…
US ambassador to Japan?
Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a WEEI.com report.
The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons.
When asked by the New York Daily News if he's being considered for the post, Valentine responded: "I haven't been contacted by anyone on Trump's team."
Would he be interested?
"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.
Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, sources told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford.
Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California.