Postcard from Red Sox Camp, Day 6: Full squad works out
FORT MYERS, Fla. — The real fun starts now.
The full Red Sox spring training roster was here at the JetBlue Park complex on Monday for workouts. It was a pleasant sight to see the entire infield and outfield take grounders and pop-ups for the first time this spring.
Manager Alex Cora held his daily press conference following workouts, then owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner spoke to the media.
Here’s a breakdown of everything that went on...
It was a full house. Monday marked the first official day of full-squad workouts.
Red Sox owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner made an appearance and held a press conference after workouts.
WHAT WAS SAID?
Alex Cora: “We’re not closing the door [on what happened last year], we’re continuing it.”
John Henry on contract extension talks with 2019 free agents: “[Xander] Bogaerts is an extraordinarily great player. [Chris] Sale and Mookie Betts, we’d love to be able to announce long-term contracts with all of them. But our conversations with them which are ongoing are private, and I think that’s the best way to consummate a deal.”
John Henry: “We blew [re-signing Jon Lester in 2014] in spring training.”
Tom Werner on the possibility of re-signing Craig Kimbrel: “I would say it’s extremely unlikely.”
WHAT WAS DONE?
It was the busiest day of camp thus far with the whole gang together for full-squad workouts.
Infielders and outfielders took the field for grounders and pop-up drills.
Matt Barnes, Ryan Brasier, and a few prospects threw live BP. Others from the bullpen, along with the starting rotation, participated in drills such as pitchers’ fielding practice and pickoffs.
And of course, fans at JetBlue Park looked on as J.D. Martinez and teammates took batting practice.
The first day of full-squad workouts, plus John Henry and Tom Werner mentioning ongoing contract extension talks with Chris Sale and Xander Bogaerts
QUOTE OF THE DAY
John Henry on Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright saying he’s “worried players will walk out midseason”: “Midseason this year? That’s crazy. A lot has been said about this market, but it is a free market. A free market doesn’t always do what you want it to do. If the players are unhappy with this, then they should engage. Our commissioner was a labor lawyer for a number of decades. It’s important for the union to engage first-hand on what they’d like to change.”