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02/20/2012 - 5:45pm
Bobby V on Jenks: 'A terrible offseason'

FORT MYERS -- The news was not encouraging Monday on Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks, who is with the team this spring after suffering a pulmonary embolism last year and back surgery in the offseason.

"Bobby said he'd like to take it one week at a time and I'd say that means he's a long ways away from thinking about baseball activities," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said. "He's really had a terrible offseason, health-wise. He's a real back-burner guy. I don't expect to see him in many baseball activities for a while -- if at all this spring."

Valentine is hopeful to have Jenks available to the team in midseason. 

"I would think that he would be that in-season trade that everyone would be looking for and we would have him here already," Valentine said. "That's what I'm hoping for at this time. I would think sometime into the season. That's my opinion, not written in any holy grail."

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02/20/2012 - 3:16pm
Manny's back: Ramirez to join A's
By: DJ Bean

Slugger Manny Ramirez told ESPN's Pedro Gomez that he has signed with the Athletics. According to ESPN, the contract is worth "about $500,000."

Ramirez, 39, will miss the first 50 games of the regular season, as he retired last season rather than serving a suspension for violating the league's drug policy as a member of the Rays. The incident was the second such infraction for Ramirez.

In his career, Ramirez has hit .312/.411/.585 with 555 homers and 1,831 runs batted in. He has played for the Indians, Red Sox, Dodgers, White Sox and Rays over the course of his career, winning the World Series with Boston in 2004 and 2007. 

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02/20/2012 - 2:37pm
Youkilis: Not thinking about contract year

FORT MYERS -- Kevin Youkilis is in the last guaranteed year of a four-year, $41.125 million deal he signed with the Red Sox before the 2009 season. The team holds a $13 million option for his services for the 2013 campaign.

That deal would represent a reasonable salary if Youkilis, 32, is once again healthy and returns to his place as one of the most productive hitters in the American League for last year. However, the option might give the Sox pause if Youkilis is once again unable to stay on the field (after suffering season-ending injuries that had him averaging 111 games in 2010-11) or suffers a performance decline.

Yet Youkilis says that his contract status for next season will not be on his mind as he gets ready for this year, his ninth as a member of the Red Sox. He does want to remain in the only organization for whom he's ever played for as long as he can, but Youkilis said that he will not dwell on his contract or earnings potential....

02/20/2012 - 1:53pm
Crawford on Henry: 'Wasn't happy about it'

FORT MYERS -- Carl Crawford acknowledged Monday morning in his first meeting with reporters in spring training that he was stunned and upset with the offseason comments from owner John Henry that he didn't want Crawford in Boston. The outfielder was subsequently signed to a seven-year, $142 million contract by then-general manager Theo Epstein before the 2011 season.

"I can't do nothing about what he said," Crawford said. "I can just go out and play. It was unfortunate that he feels that way but there's nothing for me to say to him but go out and play."

Crawford was asked if he were surprised that the owner would come out and publicly acknowedge those feelings. 

"I wasn't happy about it," Crawford said. "I was a little surprised to hear the comments, but like I said, it's unfortunate he feels that way. I just wish those words hadn't of come out."

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02/20/2012 - 10:50am
Ex-Sox coach Page: Beckett 'worked hard'

Former Red Sox strength and conditioning coach Dave Page joined Dennis & Callahan Monday morning, one day after Red Sox pitchers reported to Fort Myers for the start of spring training.

Josh Beckett on Sunday acknowledged "lapses in judgment" late last season but insisted physical conditioning was not an issue for him and that he also said he didn't miss a single workout.

"That's true," Page said. "He came to see me every day in between starts."

Beckett gained weight last season, and Page said the pitcher addressed it.

"He was on the one that initiated that talk, and we brought it up with our training staff and our doctors, that this was something that he's concerned about, so it became a concern of ours," Page said. "We kept an eye on it for most of the year. He works hard. A lot of that gain may not have been solely fat.

"I can't say enough about Josh. We came through the...

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