The Boston Red Sox spring training, aside from a few health-related scares, has been relatively uneventful so far, all things considered. Players are just getting their feet under them and, in a lot of cases, the early part of all teams' camps have been getting everyone acclimated to the new rules in place for the 2023 season and beyond.
However, one face that was late to camp this year was newcomer Jorge Alfaro. Alfaro was signed by the Red Sox to compete for starting catcher this year, but visa issues delayed him in getting to camp until this past weekend. While he is a bit behind, he should still be a factor in the catcher competition this spring.
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Elsewhere on the site, we had some general updates from the goings on from spring training down in Fort Myers. Included is some welcome good news on the health of the pitching staff, in particular Chris Sale and Brayan Bello. Boston has their first full squad workout on Monday and we should know more how things stand by the end of the day.
We got some news from the league as well over the weekend as MLB, partially in response to Bally Sports' upcoming bankruptcy, is forming an Economic Reform Committee in response to the ever changing landscape of baseball economics. No one should begrudge the league in having these sorts of conversations as teams should find ways to make money and sports entertainment consumption is changing in front of our eyes. However, the composition of that committee makes one think this could end up being a big battlefront during the next round of CBA talks.
The last time Orioles chairman and CEO John Angelos spoke with the media (which is already a rarity), things did not go well. However, he did speak with the media yesterday and he addressed the team's lease at Camden Yards (which is set to expire), the chances of increasing payroll, the future of ownership of the Orioles, and his thoughts on the state of the front office. This talk with the media went better than the last one at least.