Red Sox open spring training camp
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Despite the rainy day at JetBlue Park, the Red Sox were upbeat during their first day of spring-training workouts.
Dave Dombrowski, Alex Cora, and Chris Sale each appeared to be in a chipper mood as they discussed subjects such as the slow free agent market, the Sox bullpen situation, Dustin Pedroia’s comeback attempt, and more.
Workouts were mostly kept to indoor drills, including some players hitting the cages.
Here’s a breakdown of everything that went on. . .
Pitchers and catchers reported on Tuesday with no absentees. Mookie Betts, Mitch Moreland, and Steve Pearce (donning some Patriots gear) all showed up five days in advance of the official Feb. 18 full squad report date.
Oh, and that Pedro Martinez guy (left) showed up to camp too.
WHAT WAS SAID?
Alex Cora, Blake Swihart, and Nathan Eovaldi all discussed being prepared to take on the challenge of repeating as World Series champions.
Chris Sale (left) on Craig Kimbrel still being on the market: “It’s crazy to me. He's as good as it gets. He 100 percent makes any team better that he plays for, right?”
Dave Dombrowski on Dustin Pedroia: “We’re still not looking at a 150-game player. We’re hopeful that he’s a 125-game player at this point.”
Alex Cora on handling of Chris Sale: “We’ll do probably the same thing we did last year. We did everything possible to keep him healthy.”
The bullpen storyline is one that won’t end until the team officially names a closer, which Dave Dombrowski said he expects will happen before the end of camp.