2/21/2014 5:12 P.M. ET
Pedroia breaking in yet another DP partner
By Ian Browne / MLB.com
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It wouldn't be Spring Training without Dustin Pedroia adapting to yet another new double-play partner.
First there was Julio Lugo, then Jed Lowrie. For a while there was Nick Green and Alex Gonzalez.
Then, there were a couple of seasons of Marco Scutaro. Mike Aviles teamed with Pedroia for just one season. Last season, Pedroia teamed with Stephen Drew and Jose Iglesias.
At last, Pedroia could have a long-term double-play partner in Xander Bogaerts, the highly promising rookie. Bogaerts spent the last few weeks of 2013 with the Red Sox, but mainly as a third baseman.
"It's definitely huge," said Bogaerts. "If I'm going to be playing shortstop, I need to know where he likes the ball. He's a Gold Glove, All-Star, MVP second baseman. He knows what he's talking about. He's been around the league. I just have a few days in the big leagues."
Manager John Farrell appreciates how Pedroia has always adapted to a new shortstop.
"I think he's dealt with it as best as we could have ever hoped," Farrell said. "He's had good players play alongside of him. But let's face it, the more repetition you get with a partner up the middle, you're going to have a better read and the nuances, being able to anticipate things at a greater rate. So we're looking forward to establishing that continuity going forward."
Capuano likely to be reliever with Red Sox
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Chris Capuano, who is expected to land in Fort Myers on Friday and undergo a physical, should have his Red Sox uniform on by Saturday's workout.
The completion of the physical is the last hurdle before Capuano officially signs a one-year, $2.25 million deal that offers the Red Sox some added depth in the rotation and bullpen.
"He has experience both starting and pitching out of the bullpen," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "He clearly gives us a depth starter if that need were to arise. At the moment, all things considered, he would pitch out of the bullpen for us."
The Red Sox have Craig Breslow and Andrew Miller already penciled in as lefties in their bullpen. Farrell doesn't think that Capuano's arrival would make too many southpaw relievers.
Though Capuano has the added value of being able to pitch lengthy bullpen stints, Farrell is keeping options open for what his role will be.
"I don't want to limit it," Farrell said. "When he switched to the bullpen last year with the Dodgers, there was very good performance. That's the one thing that's attracted us to him, in addition to the experience as a starter as well if that need were to arise. I'm not looking at naming a role or defining a role at this point."
Lucchino hopes Ortiz extension becomes reality
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino confirmed Friday that the club at least opened dialogue with David Ortiz and agent Fern Cuza regarding a one-year contract extension with the beloved slugger.
"Obviously, we're not going to talk about the negotiations in any public way, but we did have a chance to see David yesterday and have a conversation with him," said Lucchino. "Other than that, we're going to give it the priority it deserves."
And it should come as no surprise that ownership fully supports the idea of making sure Ortiz extends his career with the Red Sox beyond 2014.
"We want it to happen," Lucchino said. "We want him to be a guy who essentially came in with us, even though it was 2003, our second year, and stayed with us for the rest of his career. I know it's a great thing for us. I think it's a great thing for David and it will be a great thing for baseball and Red Sox fans. He feels connected. He feels committed. He's certainly one of the most important faces in baseball, so we're eager to resolve something, if it can be done."