Sunday, March 9, 2014
The Red Sox took Tuesday off from spring training - although John Lackey pitched in a minor league game.
Red Sox staff were in meetings, working on their roster. One move was already made, with Lyle Overbay released (and promptly signed by the injury-riddled Yankees). More moves could come today. John Farrell has said he does not want to wait until the lay to decide.
The roster seems easy to figure out, save for a couple of spots, including outfield where Boston must decided if Jackie Bradley Jr. stays in the majors.
Here is how the roster looks:
Starters: Lester, Buchholz, Dempster, Doubront and Lackey (all set).
Relievers: Hanrahan, Bailey, Aceves, Miller, Tazawa, Uehara, Mortensen (Breslow and Morales to the DL; Daniel Bard to Pawtucket to continue re-discovering his stuff)
Catchers: Jarrod Saltalamacchia and David Ross (Lavarney to Pawtucket)
Infielders: Mike Napoli, Dustin Pedroia, Jose Iglesias, Will Middlebrooks, Pedro Ciriaco, Mike Carp (Stephen Drew to the DL, Mauro Gomez to Triple-A, although the Red Sox may want to keep his right-handed bat early on)
Outfielders: Jonny Gomes, Jacoby Ellsbury, Shane Victorino, Jackie Bradley Jr., Daniel Nava (Bradley's talent and Nava's versatility make them more valuable than Ryan Sweeney).
In today's Press Herald, we take a look at former Sea Dogs manager Arnie Beyeler. Players are not the only ones excited to be called up to the big leagues ... Plus, we have stories on Maine players in spring training - the Brewers' Mark Rogers going to the DL, and Steve Solloway's look at pitcher Ryan Reid, trying to stick with the Pirates.
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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