FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox announced that they had reached agreements on contracts for the 2012 season with all 16 of their players who are on the 40-man roster but not yet arbitration eligible. Notable players among the group include reliever Mark Melancon, who was acquired in a trade with the Astros in December, left-hander Felix Doubront (who is competing for a spot in the rotation) and outfielder Darnell McDonald.

The entire group of players who agreed to deals is:

PITCHERS

MLB Network analyst Peter Gammons joined the Mut & Merloni show Friday morning to discuss topics of interest surrounding the Red Sox.

Jose Iglesias has been turning heads with his play at shortstop in spring training, but Gammons said the young Cuban needs more seasoning in the minor leagues.

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Another spring training day, another heaping of praise for Jose Iglesias.



Jonathan Papelbon, in an interview Thursday with CBS Radio in Philadelphia, was asked about the difference between the fans of the Phillies and the Red Sox.

“The difference between Boston and Philadelphia, the Boston fans are a little bit more hysterical when it comes to the game of baseball,” Papelbon said.  “The Philly fans tend to know the game a little better, being in the National League, you know, the way the game is played."

JUPITER, Fla. -- The Red Sox suffered their first defeat in Grapefruit League play, as the Cardinals rallied for six runs in the eighth inning against relievers Chris Carpenter and Garrett Mock to claim a 9-3 victory.

JUPITER, Fla. -- Red Sox starter Josh Beckett managed to complete a full spring day's work before a downpour intruded upon a Grapefruit League game between the Sox and Cardinals.

Beckett tossed three scoreless innings, requiring just 30 pitches (24 strikes) in his second start of the spring. He allowed a pair of hits and neither struck out nor walked any hitters. Of the nine outs Beckett recorded, seven came via ground ball.

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Andrew Miller reported that the elbow stiffness he felt, forcing the Red Sox to scratch the lefty from his scheduled appearance Thursday against the Cardinals, was nothing he was concerned with.

"Just being a little cautious," Miller said. "Better to take care of it now than later. Knock it out now and hopefully not have to do deal with anything later on."

Miller explained the tightness was actually being classified as "triceps inflammation," residing just above his left elbow.

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Andrew Bailey said Thursday morning at JetBlue Park that he will throw a live batting practice Friday, with an eye on pitching in the Red Sox' home spring training game against the Marlins Monday afternoon. 

The plan is for Bailey to get somewhere between 7-10 innings of game action in before the start of the regular season. The closer also surmised there could be back-to-back outings, and perhaps a stint of more than one inning.

"Ready to go," Bailey said. "I'm getting antsy."

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- He never wanted to play professional baseball before his 19-year big league career. He is the 59-year-old father of newborn twins. He is paid to analyze the mechanics of throwing a baseball yet does not like to discuss them.

Meet Bob McClure, the new Red Sox pitching coach.



DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Shortstop Mike Aviles played all nine innings in the Red Sox' 3-3 tie with the Blue Jays Wednesday afternoon, notching a double to leadoff the game while making a key relay throw to gun down the potential go-ahead run at third in the seventh inning.

Aviles, who is in competition to earn the Red Sox' starting shortstop job, said he hadn't played nine innings at the position in March since his participation in the 2009 World Baseball Classic as a member of Team Puerto Rico.