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Report: Red Sox to meet with free-agent-to-be Carlos Santana


Report: Red Sox to meet with free-agent-to-be Carlos Santana

The Red Sox had a power problem last year -- they didn't have any, or hardly any -- and they appear to be serious about attacking it.

In addition to their reported interest in the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton (who'd have to be acquired in a trade) and the Diamondbacks' J.D. Martinez (who's a free agent), a new name has popped up in the Sox' search for offense:

Santana, a 31-year-old switch-hitter, is expected to decline the Indians' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer and become a free agent. He doesn't hit for a high average (.249 career), but his combination of power and walks gives him a career OPS of .810. Last season he hit .259 with 23 homers and 79 RBI and an .818 OPS, and over his career has averaged 25 home runs and 85 RBI over 162 games. A first baseman, he would no doubt replace Mitch Moreland, who is eligible for free agency, on the roster.

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

David Price's Grapefruit League debut was nearly perfect.

The Red Sox left-hander pitched four scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk and striking out five in a 7-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in Fort Myers, Fla.

Price threw 55 pitches, 34 for strikes. He cruised through the first on nine pitches. He allowed the single and walk in the second.  

"It feels good. This is March 15 and I've never been able to have a four-pitch mix on March 15," Price told reporters after his start. "I've never been this far along in spring training even though I've only thrown in one game. I'm excited about that."

The Red Sox open March 29 at Tampa Bay, with Chris Sale likely to start. Price will likely pitch the second game of the season, March 30 at Tropicana Field.