FORT MYERS, Fla. — The golf playing on the enormous flat-screen. The tobacco entrenched in the bottom lip. And the bare feet propped up on a stool in front of him. It all screamed comfort.



FORT MYERS, Fla. — In his session with the media on Tuesday, Mike Lowell said that the Red Sox front office had not approached him about the possibility of remaining in Boston and contributing in a reserve role.



FORT MYERS, Fla. — David Ortiz did more than arrive at spring training on Monday. The Red Sox slugger also arrived at a crossroads season.
 



FORT MYERS, Fla. – Clay Buchholz told Joba Chamberlain his thoughts on the matter.



FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The bullpen sessions that are a staple of spring training can seem monotonous. But for John Farrell, they represent an opportunity.



FORT MYERS, Fla. — John Lackey would represent a substantial upgrade to any rotation in the majors.



 

FORT MYERS, Fla. – John Lackey had his priorities Thursday afternoon.

“Now,” the pitcher said while walking out of the Red Sox’ minor league training facility, “all I have to do is remember everybody’s name. I need a phonebook.”

Lackey has discovered in the last few days that one of the immediate perks of signing a five-year, $82.5 million deal is that anxiety is now limited to name recollection. The life that comes with living in a contract year has been passed on to others.



FORT MYERS, Fla. — Mike Lowell isn’t blind to what awaits.



FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The great ones emerge stronger.