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.
 



Victor Martinez is one of the best hitting catchers in major league history. Yet it remains to be seen whether the Red Sox — or anyone else — will pay him like one.



 

“Let’s go merck!” — Dustin Pedroia

PHOENIX — The words from the Red Sox second baseman — directed at Baltimore minor leaguer Brett Bordes — for all intent and purposes punctuated Pedroia’s Monday.