There are a lot of storylines from Boston Red Sox spring training so far this year, from the various roster battles to the health of the pitching staff to finally getting Jorge Alfaro into camp after visa issues delayed his arrival. However, one of the more fun stories is Dustin Pedroia taking time out of his retirement to come help out in camp.
Given Pedroia's stature, the next question out of basically everyone's mouths was whether or not he would entertain a more permanent coaching position. While he is definitely not doing that in the short-term as Dustin is enjoying family time, it sure sounds like it is a possibility and it is an idea worth exploring down the road.
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Ever since the Red Sox lost Xander Bogaerts to free agency and Trevor Story went down with an injury, Boston's infield and up-the-middle alignment in general has been a hot topic. Elvis Andrus was a popular name on the rumor mill as a guy that could be inexpensive and could fill the gap in the short-term, but he ended up signing a one year deal with the White Sox to be their second baseman.
And finally, per Gabrielle Starr of the Boston Herald, Alex Verdugo is interested in remaining with the Boston Red Sox for a very long time. It remains to be seen if the two sides will be able to reach an agreement on a contract extension at some point in 2023.
Owner Steve Cohen took some time to talk about his offseason spending spree over at Mets spring training camp. Cohen defended the money piles he was throwing around as a reflection of the commitment he made to Mets fans when he bought the team. While other team owners definitely don't sound thrilled with how he has been running things, there is a lot to admire about an owner doing whatever it takes to go for it.
Jason Heyward hasn't been anywhere near his former self in recent years and had to sign a minor league deal with the Dodgers. However, Jason is getting a lot of love over at Dodgers spring training. due to a swign change he made this offseason. While a healthy amount of skepticism is understandable given we have heard this story before, if J-Hey can turn things around at the plate, he could end up being a steal.