Rick Porcello has chance, skills to be Red Sox’ ace

Rick Porcello was on the Red Sox’ radar long before they acquired him from the Detroit Tigers in December.

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The righty is convinced the best part of his career is still on the horizon after remaking his approach on the mound.

As bad as it is to watch players such as Chris Davis strike out at alarming rates, pitchers trying to hit is an exercise in futility.

NICK CAFARDO I SUNDAY BASEBALL NOTES

It’s time to make designated hitter universal in baseball

As bad as it is watching sluggers whiff or hit into shifts, pitchers at the bat is even worse.

Alexi Ogando is 28-16 with a 3.35 ERA in 183 big-league games, including 48 starts.

Red Sox sign pitcher Alexi Ogando to 1-year deal

The 31-year-old righthander had four solid seasons with the Rangers before suffering elbow problems last year.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/30/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/nava654-6999.jpg Daniel Nava re-signs with Red Sox for $1.85 million

The outfielder and the team avoided arbitration by agreeing to the one-year contract.

Robbie Ross started 12 games last season for the Rangers.

Red Sox trade Anthony Ranaudo to Rangers for Robbie Ross

Ross started 12 games last season, pitching 78.1 innings with a 6.20 ERA.

January 23, 2015, Ledyard, Connecticut: Boston Red Sox President & CEO Larry Lucchino, Chairman Tom Werner, Principal Owner John Henry, General Manager Ben Cherington, and Manager John Farrell speak at the fifth annual NESN Town Hall during the Red Sox Winter Weekend at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut Friday, January 23, 2015. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox)

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Red Sox’ payroll follows spread-the-wealth formula

The Red Sox will surge past the luxury tax mark in 2015. Here’s a breakdown of the player salaries.

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia dealt with injuries en route to his worst season in 2014. Pedroia expects to return to form this season. Michael Dwyer/AP

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Healthy Dustin Pedroia expects to return to form in 2015

The Red Sox second baseman has been able to work out during the entire offseason, despite surgery.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

Following surgery, Mike Napoli feels refreshed, ready

The Red Sox first baseman had dealt with a serious case of sleep apnea for years.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/200_john_henry.jpg John Henry predicts pitch clocks will be in baseball’s future

In a wide-ranging interview, Henry also said the team will exceed $200 million in payroll in 2015.

Boston, MA 121914 Newly acquired pitcher Rick Porcello (cq) spoke to the media at Fenway Park, Friday, December 19 2014. (Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff) section: Sports slug: RedSox reporter: Peter Abraham

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Rick Porcello, Junichi Tazawa

Porcello settled on a one-year deal for $12.5 million, and Tazawa a one-year pact worth $2.25 million.

NICK CAFARDO | SUNDAY BASEBALL Notes

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/25/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/200_jose_bautista.jpg Better days have been building in Toronto

Jose Bautista is coming off another big season for the Blue Jays, and he’ll have more lineup help in 2015.

Paul Swydan | Statistically Thinking

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_bostor6B_spts-6794--90x90.jpg How long can David Ortiz keep mashing?

The odds continue to stack against the Red Sox’ aging designated hitter, but he’s also been one to consistently defy them.