Ortiz in, Gonzalez to start in RF Wednesday

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Ortiz in, Gonzalez to start in RF Wednesday

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
PHILADELPHIA -- After several days of hemming and hawing, the Red Sox are ready to take the plunge.

Two sources indicated that David Ortiz will be at first base with Adrian Gonzalez in right field Wednesday night in the middle game of the Red Sox' three-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Tuesday afternoon, manager Terry Francona continued to wrestle with the idea.

"We've talked about it ad nauseum," said Francona. "We'll talk about it a little bit more."

As anxious as Francona has been about deploying Gonzalez in the outfield, general manager Theo Epstien has been even more
apprehensive.

But Tuesday, Gonzalez spoke with Epstein in an effort to allay any concerns he might be harboring and was persuasive enough to get the go-ahead.

It helps that the Sox are facing a righthander -- rookie Vance Worley -- Wednesday night, giving the Sox an opportunity to get two powerful bats into the lineup.

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Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.

FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal. 

Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016. 

The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.

More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.