FORT MYERS, Fla. — Left-hander Andrew Miller's minor league deal with the Red Sox, which would pay the pitcher $1.3 million if he is in the majors, includes a team option for 2011. Notably, according to a source familiar with the deal, that option vests if Miller is assigned to another team, a clause that is meant to help ensure that the left-hander remains with the Sox if he is added to the major league roster and then needs to be sent back down to the minors, thus exposing him to waivers.

New Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez stopped by for a visit with Dennis & Callahan Monday morning at spring training in Fort Myers, Fla.

 

FORT MYERS, Fla. — New Red Sox set-up man Bobby Jenks acknowledged Monday that he was a big fan of Roger Clemens and Greg Maddux when he broke into baseball as a starter. 

 

"When I was younger, I was a starting pitcher and I looked up to Roger Clemens a lot and I used to watch him and Greg Maddux a lot because I grew up a huge Braves fan, because you're either a Cubs fan with TBS and WGN, so I had TBS, and Greg Maddux and Roger Clemens were the two biggest guys that I watched," Jenks said.   

 

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Andrew Miller is in this position because he chose to be. In that, the 25-year-old is unique.



FORT MYERS, Fla. — Saying he feels better than he has in years and can now go down stairs straight, Jason Varitek said Sunday he hopes to play well in 2011 and well beyond. The Red Sox' regular starting catcher since 1999 was asked if he sees himself playing into his mid-40s like Carlton Fisk and Bob Boone. 

 

"Is that what I envision? Yes, that is what I envision," said Varitek, adding that it's conditional on his overall health and family considerations.

 

Like everyone else I know, I've hit the vast cultural wasteland between the end of the Super Bowl and the start of March Madness full of despair. I mean, at this point in the calendar every winter goes from lousy to sucks.



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FORT MYERS, Fla. – As he got comfortable in his locker at the Red Sox’ Player Development Complex on Saturday, J.D. Drew faced a mix of questions about the coming year and beyond.



FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Despite the addition of big-ticket stars Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford, Red Sox president Larry Lucchino said Saturday the team still has financial flexibility to do so.

 

"We always have some amount," Lucchino said of a budget allowance for in-season deals. 

 

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- With expectations and predictions of the franchise's first 100-win season since 1946 and an third World Series title in eight seasons, Red Sox principal owner John Henry said the team has lots of work ahead to just make the playoffs. 

 

"I don't see us as a clear favorite," Henry said when asked of the Yankees. "I see the teams as fairly evenly matched. We've got our work cut out for us to hopefully win the division."

 

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Two weeks after saying the chronic soreness in his left hamstring was lingering, J.D. Drew reported Saturday that the muscle feels "much better" and is ready to take part in spring training.