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It's only been six weeks since the Red Sox's championship parade, but pitching coach Juan Nieves already has the wheels turning when it comes to plans for his hurlers in 2014.
Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway and third-base coach Brian Butterfield discussed MLB's plan to eliminate home-plate collisions during "Christmas at Fenway" on Saturday.
Count Juan Nieves among those excited to see A.J. Pierzynski with the Red Sox. The pitching coach and catcher know each other from their time together with the White Sox.
About a week after Craig Breslow and the Red Sox found themselves on top of the baseball world, the left-handed reliever picked up a ring of a different, and more important, sort: a wedding ring.
Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz has one year left on his contract, but he doesn't expect his career will end then.
Although it was a jarring sight for Red Sox fans on Friday, seeing Jacoby Ellsbury officially fitted with Yankees pinstripes at a Bronx unveiling, the center fielder said he will always have good memories of his time in Boston.
Sure, there was a business element to Mike Napoli's free-agent negotiations. However, the slugger made it clear that his top priority was to remain with the Red Sox, and he got his wish.
The Red Sox made official what was agreed to nearly a week ago, signing first baseman Mike Napoli on Thursday to a two-year, $32 million contract through the 2015 season.
Unlike in recent years, when the Red Sox have been at the forefront of Winter Meetings activity, general manager Ben Cherington stayed in the background this time, sizing up what opportunities could evolve for him later in the offseason.
The Red Sox lost third baseman Michael Almanzar to the Orioles in the Major League phase of Thursday morning's Rule 5 Draft.
Forty-five players, including nine in the Major League Phase, were selected Thursday in the 2013 Rule 5 Draft, held at the Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Though the Red Sox aren't likely to execute a single transaction at this year's Winter Meetings, which conclude on Thursday, they continue to keep tabs on the market for free agent shortstop Stephen Drew.
The Red Sox aren't close to acquiring the infielder they are seeking for the left side of the infield, an acquisition they'd prefer to hit left-handed. Xander Bogaerts and Will Middlebrooks, who lead Boston's depth chart at shortstop and third base, respectively, are both right-handed hitters.
Ben Cherington doesn't feel the need to force one of his prospects into the rotation at this time. At some point, he realizes, it will probably just happen. Anthony Ranaudo, Henry Owens, Allen Webster, Rubby De La Rosa and Matt Barnes are all knocking on the door. And Brandon Workman, a valuable reliever this past postseason, could start if the opportunity presents itself.
Once Ben Cherington gets through the busy part of his offseason, he could turn to an important longer-term issue -- making sure Jon Lester doesn't leave as a free agent following the 2014 season.
At 37, A.J. Pierzynski still has a 22-year-old's enthusiasm for his job. And during a visit to the Winter Meetings, he seemed eager to throw on his catching gear and uniform and begin his tenure with the Red Sox.
Since the inception of the DH in 1973, nobody has dominated the position for a sustained period quite like David Ortiz, who on Tuesday was named the winner of the Edgar Martinez Outstanding DH Award for the seventh time.
The Red Sox continue to gain appreciation -- and hardware -- for their World Series-winning season. Boston won in four categories as MLB.com's annual Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Awards were announced Tuesday at the Winter Meetings.
The Red Sox envision right-hander Clay Buchholz being back at full strength and hopefully ready to pick up where he left off early in 2013, when he pitched like a Cy Young Award candidate.
While the Red Sox might go with young players at shortstop and center field next season, they are utilizing a veteran tandem behind the plate in A.J. Pierzynski and David Ross. So where does that leave Ryan Lavarnway?