Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Thursday that newly acquired slugger Adrian Gonzalez will enter spring training behind the rest of the team in terms of getting ready for the season after surgery last October on his sore right shoulder. 


LOWELL -- Speaking prior to being honored at the Lowell Spinners Alumni Dinner at Tsongas Arena on Wednesday night, Clay Buchholz said that the Red Sox have yet to approach him about a contract extension.


"I haven't spoken money with anybody," said the 26-year-old Buchholz. "It's been basically go out and play until somebody approaches me about it. That's sort of how I'm looking at it."


According to Buster Olney of ESPN, Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez played catch on Monday, the first time he has tossed a baseball since the labrum surgery on his right shoulder was performed on October 20.


Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia joined The Big Show for his weekly “Laser Show” segment on Wednesday. The former MVP continues to rehab his left foot in Arizona, and was asked how the progress was coming along.


The Red Sox lost three of their top half-dozen prospects when they dealt pitcher Casey Kelly, first baseman Anthony Rizzo and outfielder Reymond Fuentes to the Padres for Adrian Gonzalez. But Sox farm director Mike Hazen, while acknowledging that the system took a hit, said that the farm system still has a number of impact prospects, including a strong group of players who will provide depth to the major league team this year.


New Red Sox pitching coach Curt Young, who is in Boston to work with participants in the Red Sox' Rookie Development Program, said that he's had the opportunity to touch base with almost all of the pitchers with whom he'll be working. He's talked this winter with every member of the staff except for Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima.


According to a major league source, the Red Sox agreed to deals with both closer Jonathan Papelbon and outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury before exchanging arbitration figures. Papelbon will receive a $12 million salary for the 2011 season, while Ellsbury agreed to a $2.4 million deal. Ellsbury would be eligible for $50,000 bonuses for 600 and 700 plate appearances.


The deals were first reported by's Sean McAdam (via twitter).


Speaking to the Providence Journal at halftime of the Celtics' game against Orlando at TD Garden Monday night, Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon said he can understand why Bobby Jenks would want to join up with the Sox to become a set-up man.


First things first: It’s an enviable dilemma.