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02/24/2015 - 2:22pm
Henry compares Moncada to No. 1 overall pick

Anyone wondering why the Red Sox are in the process of signing 19-year-old Cuban shortstop Yoan Moncada to a record $31.5 million signing bonus (with matching $31.5 million penalty payment to Major League Baseball), owner John Henry has an answer.

In not so many words, Henry suggested Moncada is the equivalent of the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.

“We’ve never had a No. 1 pick, and this is our 14th spring training,” Henry said. “Would we pay up to get one? Yes.”

In today’s game, young players are more valuable than ever, and Henry makes no apologies over the Red Sox’ aggressiveness in targeting them.

“We do our best to quantify risk,” Henry said. “It’s difficult to do, because predicting the performance...

02/24/2015 - 12:38pm
Henry: No doubt that Lucchino is in charge

Red Sox owner John Henry came out strong in defense of CEO Larry Lucchino on Tuesday, disputing reports that Lucchino is losing a power struggle to part-owner Mike Gordon.

“There’s no doubt that Larry is in charge and continues to be in charge,” Henry said. “You can ask anybody on the Red Sox, and I’d be surprised if anyone would doubt that.”

There were rumblings of Lucchino’s role being reduced over the winter, and the Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy addressed them in a recent column. Henry said there’s nothing to the idea, especially since, as president of Fenway...

02/24/2015 - 12:01pm
Campbell (upper-body) out at least a week
By: DJ Bean

Gregory Campbell is out for at least a week with an upper-body injury, Claude Julien said Tuesday.

Campbell scored in Sunday’€™s win over the Blackhawks as he centered a fourth line with Jordan Caron and Brian Ferlin that looked more promising than any other bottom trio the team has iced this season. The injury to Campbell provided an upgrade to the line in Tuesday’€™s morning skate, however, as Chris Kelly moved down from the third line to center Caron and Ferlin.

The Bruins’€™ lineup in morning skate was as follows:

Marchand-Bergeron-Smith Lucic-Spooner-Pastrnak Paille-Soderberg-Eriksson Caron...

02/24/2015 - 11:50am
Cubs hire Ramirez, Youkilis as consultants

Even more former Red Sox are joining the Cubs, this time as consultants.

The Cubs announced Tuesday morning they have hired Manny Ramirez as a hitting consultant and Kevin Youkillis as a scouting and player development consultant.

Ramirez joined the Cubs last season as a player-coach at Triple-A Iowa and will continue to work with the major and minor league hitters on the “fundamental and mental aspects of hitting.”

Youkilis, recently retired after an 11-year major league career with the Red Sox,...

02/24/2015 - 10:16am
Ortiz arrives at Red Sox camp

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Aside from John Farrell, maybe the person happiest to see David Ortiz stroll into the clubhouse at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning was Hanley Ramirez.

Ramirez was just 21 when he made his Major League debut on Sept. 20, 2005 against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, entering the game as a defensive replacement in the bottom of the seventh, striking out in his first at-bat in the top of the eighth against Tim Corcoran.

He appeared in only one other game that season and struck out again. Those were his...

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