Youkilis hopes additions bring 'fun', title


Youkilis hopes additions bring 'fun', title

The importance of team chemistry is sometimes pooh-poohed in baseball's analytical circles, but Kevin Youkilis endorsed it Wednesday night.

In an interview with Comcast SportsNet's Jessica Moran, Youkilis emphasized chemistry as half of his two-pronged reaction to the acquisitions of Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford. The other? The increased chance of winning a World Series.

"It's very exciting just to have these guys come help and try to win a championship," Youkilis told Moran. "Hopefully, they can step in and we'll just try to have fun and enjoy ourselves this year and just keep it loose around the clubhouse."

Youkilis knows Crawford personally, and has high hopes for the new power-hitting first baseman in town.

"Carl Crawford's a great guy," he said. "Adrian Gonzalez I don't know much about, but I've heard good things."

Gonzalez, who batted .298 with 31 home runs and 101 RBI in San Diego last season, was acquired in a trade over a week ago. But it was general manager Theo Epstein's Winter Meetings' coup of signing Crawford that secured the offseason A.L. East space race for the Red Sox.

The welcomed additions came as a surprise to many on the team's roster, but that carries no odd flavor.

"We never know what's going on," Youkilis said, going as far as to share his response to the question he most-often hears: Did you have any input?

"I had no idea. They just told me where I'm playing -- I'm playing third base -- and I'm just getting ready for the season," he said. "We're happy that the moves were made."

His shift to third base is necessitated by the acquisition of Gonzalez, a career first baseman. Youkilis said a week ago he actually welcomes the move across the diamond to the position at which he started with the organization.

"It's not that big of a transition; I've played there my whole life," said Youkilis. "We take so many ground balls in Spring Training that you kind of get sick of ground balls, so it'll be good to work over at third base."

"I'll be ready by Opening Day," he added.

Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'


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.