It’s a Friday free-for-all on all things Fort Myers:


No matter what happens in Fort Myers this spring, John Farrell’s recovery from battling lymphoma last fall is the ultimate feel good story coming out of camp:

But make no mistake, if all the Florida bluster quickly turns into another bust of a season, it’s Torey Lovullo’s job (and it’s LoVULLo not LoVELLo as most of the media members refer to the future Red Sox skipper).

“I don’t look at it that way,” Farrell said during his sit-down Thursday when asked if his job might be in jeopardy.

Steve Buckley has the full story on Farrell from the Fort.


Looking forward to seeing Pablo Sandoval improve on his 2-for-41 effort last season as a righthanded hitter now that it’s been announced that the Panda will return to the switch hitting he abandoned last season.

And everyone is really looking forward to see what shape the portly Panda is in when he strolls into Fenway South on Saturday. Pablo gave us a hint on his condition with an Instagram post six days ago. Looking mighty slim here unless he’s got something to hide behind the frame:

Pablo Sandoval


Just Your Average Joe: A year ago, Joe Kelly predicted he was going to win the American League Cy Young award. Now Kelly — who ripped off eight wins in a row on the back of a blazing fastball late last season — comes into camp competing for the fifth starter spot. On the bright side, he’s got a new baby.


No one brings more smiles to players and fans alike in Southwest Florida than the presence of the great Pedro Martinez.


ICYMI: A great read from the San Diego Tribune on how Red Sox World Series legend Dave Roberts won the Los Angeles Dodgers managerial job.

Before starting his new job as the Los Angeles Dodgers' first minority manager, Dave Roberts is being honored as one of San Diego's best athletes. Story:

Posted by The San Diego Union-Tribune on Friday, February 12, 2016


David Price just seems incredibly cool, calm, and collected for someone about the carry the weight of a $217 million contract up to Boston.

Price appears to be quite the catch for Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski.

The Red Sox ace is throwing at JetBlue Park this morning as pitcher and catcher workouts are officially underway, but Boston’s Opening Day starter has been at the JetBlue complex tossing the ball for weeks now.


The reviews out of the Midwest on former Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol — invited to Red Sox camp this spring — are not good. Not good at all.


Pablo Sandoval Day 1 Spring Training 2015. (Photo by Steve Silva)
Pablo Sandoval Day 1 Spring Training 2015. (Photo by Steve Silva)

Outside of Sandoval’s arrival, the only other big deal will be when David Ortiz comes walking down that JetBlue Park sidewalk to begin his 20th and final season in the major leagues. When Big Papi made his highly-anticipated arrival last year — showing up in tremendous shape — he said to me, “Thank God my belly hasn’t grown like Panda,” joking that I might catch him with a “bad angle” photo like one I snapped of the Panda when he first took the field.


The Rick Porcello comeback tour aside, I can’t help but thinking Yoenis Cespedes will always be remembered as the one who got away.

Cespedes — who batted .287 with 17 homers and 44 RBIs in 230 at-bats with the Mets during the regular season in 2015 — agreed to a three-year, $75 million contract to return to New York. He’ll provide the thump that could be lacking from the current Red Sox outfield trio.

During the 2014 winter meetings, the Sox dealt Cespedes — who they acquired from the A’s when the jettisoned Jon Lester to the left coast — to the Tigers in exchange for Porcello. Porcello had a horrific first season in Boston, although he finished better, checking in with a 3.14 ERA over his final eight starts.


The incomparable Peter Gammons this morning breaks down what it’s going to take for the Red Sox to contend in 2016.

“Boston needs Hanley. They need Pablo Sandoval to be what he was in San Francisco,” Gammons writes on his website. “They also need Rick Porcello to be what he was the last two months after he re-adjusted his usage. Same with Joe Kelly and Eduardo Rodriguez and Clay Buchholz.

“The collaboration of Brian Bannister, Carl Williams and assistant pitching coach Dana Levangie changed Porcello and Kelly dramatically the last two months. In a seven start run, Kelly never allowed more than two runs—43 2/3 innngs, 9 earned runs.”


Pedro is not the only former Red Sox star working down at the Fort. El Tiante is on campus. The ageless Dwight Evans has already made his appearance.

Hall of Famer Jim Ed Rice has already been making his prickly presence felt. And ‘Tek is also in the house trying to solve the Red Sox catching conundrum.


The Red Sox-Yankees rivalry has the potential to get ramped up again as the two squads have improved in 2016. Down in Tampa, old foe Alex Rodriguez is clearly ready to rumble.