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Shane Victorino (back) will swing a bat Monday for the first time since his surgery.

Victorino had an injury plagued 2014 season, but is looking to put it behind him and that starts with his rehab process over the next few months. He has plenty of time to get ready for next season and swinging a bat will be the first hurdle he'll need to complete. The Red Sox have been making plenty of moves as of late, but as of now it appears Victorino will enter the 2015 season as their starting right fielder.
Analyst: David Kerr  View Profile

27 Nov, 11:22 PMSource

Rusney Castillo will travel to Puerto Rico this week and pick up his winter ball schedule after a hand injury.

Castillo planned to play in the Arizona Fall league but an injury to his thumb cut that short. Castillo was signed towards the end of last season by the Red Sox and wasted no time impressing his new team has he hit .333 with six runs, two home runs, six RBI and three stolen bases over 10 games. Castillo is expected to be a major contributor to the Red Sox this season and will likely hit atop the lineup while holding down a starting outfield spot.
Analyst: Jonathan Impemba  View Profile

25 Nov, 07:51 PMSource

Juan Francisco has been designated for assignment.

Francisco played for the Blue Jays this past season, but was signed by the Red Sox earlier this offseason. However, the Bo-Sox just signed Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval, which made Francisco disposable.
Analyst: Mark Kaplan  View Profile

25 Nov, 06:08 PMSource

Hanley Ramirez is expected to play left field for the Red Sox next season.

When the announcement was made that the Red Sox had signed Ramirez, the first question was what position would he play. It looks like they will play him in the outfield primarily and get some fill-in time in the infield. Hanley will be able to rake in Fenway Park and he'll carry big-time fantasy upside.
Analyst: Drew Phelps  View Profile

25 Nov, 01:33 PMSource

Ryan Lavarnway has been designated for assignment.

This is not surprising with the Red Sox bringing in newly-signed Pablo Sandoval on the 40-man roster. Lavarnway was the odd-man out but had gained some momentum as a prospect after posting some big numbers in the minors a couple of years ago. The 27-year-old should draw some interest on waivers.
Analyst: Drew Phelps  View Profile

25 Nov, 12:19 PMSource

Pablo Sandoval signed a $100 million deal with the Boston Red Sox on Monday.

It's a five-year deal for Sandoval and now joins Hanley Ramirez as another power free agent to head to Boston. Sandoval had a relatively disappointing regular season this past year, batting .279 with just 16 home runs, but completely came to life in the post-season and helped lead the Giants to their third championship in five years. The move to Boston should eventually prove positive for him power-wise, but there may be a period of adjustment needed while he works continuously against AL pitchers.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

24 Nov, 09:32 AMSource

Hanley Ramirez is headed to Boston Monday to finalize a deal with the Red Sox. Sources say Hanley?s deal with the Sox will be in range of five years, $90M.

It was noted earlier that Hanley was going to try for no less than $100M. Regardless, Ramirez will fill a glaring need for Boston and he will instantly catapult them to a serious AL East contender. Look for their rival Yankees to counter this move in some fashion. This past season, Ramirez hit .283 with 13 home runs, 71 RBIs, and 14 stolen bases.
Analyst: Colby Conway  View Profile

23 Nov, 11:25 PMSource

Brock Holt is now concussion-free, and he is going through his offseason as planned.

What a rough road it was for Holt who burst onto the scene last year and proved to be one of Boston's biggest and most-versatile assets. He slashed .281/.331/.381 over 106 games with four home runs, 29 RBI and 12 stolen bases and while the raw numbers aren't eye-popping, it was the fact that he played the second base, shortstop, third base and in the outfield making him one of the best plug-and-play guys out there. Depending on how free agency shakes out for the Red Sox this winter, Holt could end up as their primary utility player in 2015.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

21 Nov, 11:34 AMSource

Red Sox added SS Sean Coyle, C Blake Swihart and 3B Travis Shaw to their 40-man roster.

Swihart is the big name of these three players, but all were added to Boston's 40-man roster to be protected in the Rule 5 Draft.
Analyst: David Kerr  View Profile

20 Nov, 05:21 PM

Red Sox announce they've claimed Juan Francisco on waivers from the Blue Jays.

Although he only hit .220 last season, the 27 year old was able to club 16 dingers last season for Toronto. Boston will likely use Francisco as an extra outfielder off the bench or find a way to relegate him to the minors.
Analyst: Dom Murtha  View Profile

19 Nov, 03:17 PMSource

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