FORT MYERS, Fla. – According to a team source, the Red Sox would have had the resources to pursue either Adrian Gonzalez or Carl Crawford, but not both, had Victor Martinez re-signed with the club in the offseason.

 

The Sox made a pair of offers to Martinez, one for three years and $36 million, another for four years and $42 million. The catcher eventually signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Tigers. 

 

 

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Red Sox will undertake a thankless haul on Tuesday, a bus full of players barreling over two hours into Central Florida to play in Lakeland against the Tigers. Yet some members of the club could not hide their enthusiasm for the undertaking.



FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox starter Alfredo Aceves, pitching against a Yankees team that released him in Dec., tossed three strong innings of one-run ball, and five Sox relievers followed with six shutout innings to give Boston a 2-1 win over the Yankees. The Sox won both of the exhibition contests against New York in exhibition play.

 

The Yankees have returned pitcher Daniel Turpen to the Red Sox after having selected the righty in the Rule 5 Draft in December. Turpen, who was acquired from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for reliever Ramon Ramirez during the 2010 trade deadline, would have had to make New York's 25-man roster if he was to remain in that organization. The Yankees were required to pay the Red Sox $50,000 to select a player in the Rule 5 Draft, $25,000 of which will be returned by the Sox since the 24-year-old Turpen didn't make New York's team.

 

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It comes as no surprise that Adrian Gonzalez has established himself as one of the top defensive first basemen in the game. From the time he was taken as the top overall pick in the 2001 draft by the Marlins, Gonzalez earned raves for his work at the position.



FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Because Adrian Gonzalez has been rehabbing from his shoulder surgery for most of the spring and did not enter his first exhibition game until Saturday, it was easy to overlook the fact that he almost never takes a day off. But, now that he is in games, Gonzalez made clear that he hopes to maintain his status as the hardest man to take out of a lineup in the majors.

 

Over the last four years, Gonzalez leads all major leaguers with 643 games played, an average of nearly 161 contests a season. This year, he hopes, will be no different.

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- According to Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star (via twitter), Blue Jays manager John Farrell said that his club is hoping to work out a trade with the Red Sox for left-handed pitcher Cesar Cabral.

 

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Red Sox trade for Adrian Gonzalez was motivated by the idea that the first baseman could help bring the franchise a championship. If that happens, then lightning will have struck twice with the slugger.



FORT MYERS, Fla. -- On a day most notable for the Red Sox debut of first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, it was the players hitting in front of him in the lineup who proved most impressive. While No. 2 hitter Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-3 (all singles), leadoff man Jacoby Ellsbury proved even more torrid in the Red Sox' 9-2 exhibition win over the Marlins.

 

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- He didn't miss a beat.