The Red Sox made a minor signing on Thursday, inking catcher Dan Butler to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training. Butler confirmed the news via text message.

Dan Butler

Dan Butler

The Red Sox made a minor signing on Thursday, inking catcher Dan Butler to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training. Butler confirmed the news via text message.

The 29-year-old rejoins the organization that signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Arizona in 2009. Butler then surpassed more heralded prospects to make his big league debut on Aug. 10, 2014 in Anaheim.

He batted .211 in seven games before being traded last January to the Nationals for left-hander Daniel Rosenbaum. Butler spent the 2015 season at Triple-A Syracuse, batting .227 in 83 games.

The 5-foot-10, 210-pounder is a lifetime .252 hitter in seven minor-league seasons. News of the signing was first reported by Jon Heyman.

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Rob Bradford

Red Sox Hall of Fame pitcher and two-time All-Star Frank Sullivan passed away Tuesday due to complications from pneumonia at 85 years old.

Sullivan had a 90-80 record and 3.47 ERA in eight seasons for the Red Sox from 1953-60. Over his first five years in the Red Sox rotation from 1954-58, the right-hander was one of the top American League pitchers, ranking second with 153 starts, third with a 3.13 ERA, and fourth with 74 wins.

In 1955 Sullivan went 18-13 with a 2.91 ERA and earned his first All-Star selection. He led the American League in wins, innings (260), and starts (35) while ranking fifth in ERA. The next season featured a second straight trip to the All-Star Game and in 1957 he led the majors in WHIP (1.06) and again placed fifth in the AL with a 2.73 ERA.

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Two down, one to go.

Junichi Tazawa

Junichi Tazawa

Two down, one to go.

The Red Sox find themselves just one Robbie Ross Jr. contract agreement from extending their streak of not having to participate in an arbitration hearing to 14 years. (The last time they had to experience such an endeavor was prior to the 2002 season, when Rolando Arrojo lost his case, ending up at the club’s figure of $1.9 million.)

The latest settlement to get done is Junichi Tazawa, who agreed to a one-year, $3.375 million deal with the Red Sox Wednesday. It was the reliever’s third year of arbitration eligibility. Tazawa had filed with an arbitration figure of $4.15 million, with the Red Sox countering at $2.7 million.

Tazawa is expected to once again be counted on for late-inning relief, joining Koji Uehara, Carson Smith and Craig Kimbrel as the group being counted on for high-leverage, late-inning outs.

The 29 year old slumped badly in the second half of the 2015 season, ultimately being shut down for the season’s final three weeks. Tazawa posted a 2.58 ERA and .215 batting average against prior to the All-Star break, while managing just a 7.08 ERA and .386 BAA after.

The Red Sox already agreed to terms with Joe Kelly, who avoided the arbitration process by agreeing to a one-year, $2.6 million deal in his first year of eligibility.

Ross Jr. remains the only arbitration-eligible member of the Red Sox to still not agree to terms.

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Rob Bradford
The guys discuss Red Sox Winter Weekend, Yoenis Cespedes, Hanley Ramirez, and Rob talks to Dustin Pedroia as we draw closer to spring training.
The guys discuss Red Sox Winter Weekend, Yoenis Cespedes, Hanley Ramirez, and Rob talks to Dustin Pedroia as we draw closer to spring training.

According to a major league source, the Red Sox and pitcher Joe Kelly have agreed to a one-year, $2.6 million agreement for 2016, avoiding arbitration.

According to a major league source, the Red Sox and pitcher Joe Kelly have agreed to a one-year, $2.6 million agreement for 2016, avoiding arbitration.

It was the first year of arbitration eligibility for Kelly, who went 10-6 with a 4.82 ERA in 2015. The 27-year-old righty went on an eight-start stretch in which he went 8-0 with a 2.59 ERA before being shut down for the final three weeks of the season with an elbow issue.

Kelly is slated to be part of a starting rotation that includes David Price, Rick Porcello, Clay Buchholz and Eduardo Rodriguez.

The other two Red Sox who remain arbitration eligible are relievers Robbie Ross Jr. and Junichi Tazawa.

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Rob Bradford

We have gotten snippets of Hanley Ramirez‘s progress in his quest to come into spring training as a better overall athlete.

There was a complimentary Instragram photo early in the offseason, an appearance at David Ortiz’s Celebrity Golf Classic, and, most recently, a picture at the gym posing with manager John Farrell, first base coach Ruben Amaro and others.

Now comes video proof that … well, that Ramirez’s vertical leap shouldn’t be a problem.

(It should be noted, the last time the Red Sox tested vertical leap in spring training came in 2012, when Ryan Sweeney took first-place. Unfortunately there was a casualty in the competition, with Andrew Bailey hurting his lat muscle during the endeavor.)

(H/T Jared Carrabis)

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Rob Bradford