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Complete guide for Red Sox 2015 Spring Training

JetBlue Park at Fenway South opened in 2012.Leon Halip/Getty Images

As we deal with snow totals as tall as David Ortiz in and around Boston, the Red Sox are taking in the warmth of the Florida sun with spring training nearing full swing.

Key dates First workout for pitchers and catchers: Saturday, Feb. 21

First full squad workout: Wednesday, Feb. 25

First game: Doubleheader Tuesday, March 3 at 1:05 p.m. against Boston College and Northeastern

Grapefruit League opener: Thursday, March 5 at 7:05 p.m. against the Twins.

If you go

Workout facility: Fenway South Player Development Complex, Lee County, Fla.

Spring training park: JetBlue Park at Fenway South

Ticket prices:

Home Plate Dugout Box
Green Monster
Home Plate Box
Field Box
Outfield Box
Outfield Granstand
Green Monster Deck
Left Field Deck
Green Monster (Standing)
Green Monster Deck (Standing)
Pinchers Patio (Standing)
Left Field Deck (Standing)

How to buy: 888-REDSOX6 or online.

Staying there: The Red Sox offer different lodging packages and other options, including a map of nearby hotels.


Pablo Sandoval is being counted on to help rejuvenate a moribund offense.Jim Davis/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

Spring Training Decisions

The rotation: The Sox are comfortable with Clay Buchholz, Joe Kelly, Justin Masterson, Wade Miley, and Rick Porcello as their starters. But getting them in the right order and building some depth behind them will be a priority during camp.

Outfield alignment: Hanley Ramirez will start in left field. As for center field and right field, the Sox have Mookie Betts, Rusney Castillo, and Shane Victorino. Something has to give there.

Sorting out the bullpen: Outside of closer Koji Uehara and set-up men Junichi Tazawa and Craig Breslow, the Sox aren’t sure about their bullpen. There are about a dozen candidates for the other spots. Alexi Ogando, Robbie Ross, and Anthony Varvaro are at the head of the list.

Who’s at first: Mike Napoli was an early arrival to camp. He is recovering from two surgical procedures — including jaw reconstruction to cure sleep apnea — and may be a little behind his teammates. But he expects to be ready to start the season.

New stars: The Sox will welcome Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval to their roster this spring. The high-priced free agents are being counted on to rejuvenate a moribund offense.


Sox to Watch

Some spring trainings represent an act of going through the motions, with rosters largely set entering the year. However, that characterization does not fit this year’s Sox. Here are a handful of players with the most on the line:

The uncertainty surrounding Shane Victorino coincides with his final year before reaching free agency. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

Shane Victorino: It’s easy to forget now that Victorino, in the 122 games for which he was on the field in the 2013 regular season, was as valuable as — and arguably more valuable than — any other position players for a team that won the World Series. He offered outstanding right field defense, above-average power, and excellent baserunning with the ability to get on base and hit for average. He never shied from the spotlight, as evidenced by his becoming the first player to deliver the game-winning RBI in three different postseason clinchers. Victorino’s production, energy, and attitude were sorely missed by the Red Sox in 2014. But after the 34-year-old underwent season-ending back surgery last August, there’s little way to anticipate what kind of player he’ll be in the coming year. If he’s healthy, then there could be an emerging trade market for his services. Of course, if he’s healthy and looks anything like the player he was in 2013, then the Sox might also need to figure out a way to get him into the lineup. There’s a huge swing in terms of his potential role with the 2015 big league team. The uncertainty surrounding him coincides with his final year before reaching free agency. That combination of factors suggests a player who will be watched like none other in Sox camp.


Allen Craig: Over three years, from 2011-13, Craig developed a reputation as the best pure hitter on a Cardinals team in perennial World Series contention, posting a .312 average, .364 OBP, and .500 slugging mark. Then came 2014, when the absence of a normal offseason workout program (the result of his recovery from a foot injury) contributed to a horrific year in which he hit .215 with a .279 OBP and .346 slugging mark. His performance with the Red Sox after his mid-year trade from St. Louis ranked among the worst in team history, as he posted the second-lowest average (.128) and highest strikeout rate (33.6 percent) by a position player in team history (minimum 100 plate appearances). Craig doesn’t have a defined role, but if he looks anything like the middle-of-the-order force of 2011-13, he’ll find his way to one. Like Victorino, there’s a chance that could come with another team, with potential interest in him likely to heat up based on his spring performance. But given that Craig is under contract through 2017 (with an option for 2018) and could represent a successor to Mike Napoli at first base, he could also play his way into a part-time/depth role for 2015 with an eye toward a more significant role going forward. Of course, if he does not look like a productive player in the spring, then at a time when the Red Sox outfield is overcrowded, the team may feel compelled to subtract him from the roster.


If Xander Bogaerts flourishes, then the Sox’ overall potential will be considerable.

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If Xander Bogaerts flourishes, then the Sox’ overall potential will be considerable.

Xander Bogaerts: With a Sox rotation that now features five starters with groundball rates that have ranked among the best in the majors over the duration of their careers, infield defense will be at a premium for the Sox. While Dustin Pedroia is a perennial Gold Glover at second, and Napoli and Sandoval grade as above-average at the corners, Bogaerts’s range will be a constant area of attention after an offseason spent working to improve his first-step quickness. There were times in 2014 when Bogaerts did not look like a major league-caliber defensive shortstop, and others where he started to look comfortable at the position. If he falls into the former category this season, the shortcoming will be exposed, especially with the prevalence of groundballs likely to be produced by Sox pitchers. Of course, as much as Bogaerts’s defense will fall in the spotlight, the Sox are willing to commit to him at short because they believe he has elite offensive potential at that position. That was evident in a couple stretches of 2014, but his season-ending offensive performance fell far short of expectations. If he flourishes, then the Sox’ overall potential will be considerable.

Mookie Betts/Rusney Castillo: If Victorino is healthy, a furious competition for the starting spots in center field and right field could play out between the veteran, Betts, and Castillo. Betts needs to prove that he’s comfortable enough as an everyday outfielder to supplant two players who have spent almost all of their careers there. Castillo must show more of what he offered glimpses of last year: Good bat-to-ball skills that will permit him to handle big league pitching while offering a measure of power to complement his above-average defensive and baserunning skills.


Matt Barnes, Henry Owens, Eduardo Rodgriguez, Brian Johnson and Edwin Escobar: Spring training serves as a platform for young pitchers to put themselves on the coaching staff’s radar. With a couple of dominant outings against big leaguers, members of this group have a chance to position themselves as high-priority callups who can be viewed as difference-makers in a pennant race. They also have an opportunity to influence whether the coaching staff views them as better fits for the rotation or bullpen.

Blake Swihart: A year ago, Blake Swihart went 3-for-7 with three singles and got hit by a pitch in his first taste of a big league spring training . He did so while remaining virtually unnoticed. He won’t enjoy that anonymity this time around. After an offseason that saw him rise to top-prospect status, as the Red Sox also rebuffed numerous trade inquiries involving him, Swihart will command a more attentive following — from fans, from teammates who wonder whether he or Christian Vazquez will be the Red Sox catcher of the future, or from the evaluators of other clubs who wonder if they’ll eventually be able to pry him loose.

Alex Rodriguez seeks to adapt to the DH role for Joe Girardi and the Yankees.Kathy Willens/AP

A look around the AL East

There’s no bigger storyline in the AL East than Alex Rodriguez returning to the Yankees after a year-long suspension from Major League Baseball for his role in the Biogenesis scandal.

A-Rod has already apologized to the Yankees for his action of the past several years, and now seeks to adapt to the DH role. The Yankees are still fighting A-Rod over his separate marketing deal that pays him millions for earning home run milestones. If he hits six more, he will reach 660 homers and earn a $6 million bonus.

Elsewhere, Tampa Bay will experience life without Joe Maddon as ex-Red Sox catcher Kevin Cash takes over the team.

The Blue Jays seek once again to become a contender in the division, adding notable players in third baseman Josh Donaldson and catcher Russell Martin. Martin should make a big difference in grooming young starters like Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez.

The Orioles, who won 96 games last season, have to make up for the loss of free agents Nelson Cruz, who hit 40 homers, Nick Markakis, their leadoff hitter and superb rightfielder, and power lefty Andrew Miller. The Orioles believe getting three players — Manny Machado, Matt Wieters, and Chris Davis — back from significant time missed will make up for those losses.

All four teams will have to contend with the revamped last place Sox, who redid their entire starting rotation (minus Buchholz) and added power bats in Sandoval and Ramirez.

Red Sox Spring Training schedule
Date Time Opponent Location Radio TV
March 3 1:05 p.m Boston College Home WEEI
March 3 1:05 p.m Northeastern Home WEEI
March 5 7:05 p.m. Twins Hammond Stadium WEEI MLB
March 6 1:05 p.m Marlins Home
March 7 1:05 p.m Twins Home WEEI
March 7 1:05 p.m Orioles Sarasota
March 8 1:05 p.m. Mets Port. St. Lucie WEEI NESN
March 9 1:05 p.m Cardinals Jupiter
March 10 1:05 p.m Rays Home
March 11 1:05 p.m Yankees Tampa MLB
March 12 1:05 p.m Pirates Bradenton
March 13 7:05 p.m. Yankees Home WEEI NESN
March 14 1:05 p.m Pirates Home WEEI
March 15 1:05 p.m Phillies Clearwater WEEI NESN
March 16 1:05 p.m Mets Home
March 17 1:05 p.m Braves Home NESN
March 18 1:05 p.m Twins Home
March 19 1:07 p.m. Blue Jays Dunedin
March 20 1:05 p.m Orioles Home
March 21 1:05 p.m Pirates Bradenton WEEI NESN
March 22 1:05 p.m Phillies Home WEEI NESN
March 23 1:05 p.m Cardinals Home
March 24 1:05 p.m Marlins Jupiter
March 26 1:05 p.m Twins Home
March 27 1:05 p.m Braves Disney ESPN
March 28 1:05 p.m Rays Port Charlotte WEEI MLB
March 29 1:05 p.m Rays Home WEEI NESN
March 30 7:05 p.m. Twins Home WEEI NESN
March 31 1:05 p.m Rays Port Charlotte NESN
April 1 1:05 p.m Blue Jays Home
April 1 7:05 p.m. Twins Hammond Stadium NESN
April 2 7:05 p.m. Twins Hammond Stadium MLB
April 3 7:05 p.m. Twins Home WEEI NESN
April 4 1:05 p.m Twins Hammond Stadium WEEI NESN

JetBlue Park at Fenway South Fast Facts

Capacity: 11,000

Opened since: 2012


Left field
304 feet
Left center field
379 feet
Center field
420 feet
Right center field
380 feet
Right field
302 feet

Surface: Grass

Ballpark address: 11581 Daniels Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33913

Total Attendance
Sox spring training crowds since 2005.
DATA: Florida Grapefruit League
Globe Staff
Average Attendance
Fans per spring training game since 2005.
DATA: Florida Grapefruit League
Globe Staff
Past Spring Training Locations
Where the Sox have set up camp for the last 114 years.
Where Years
Charlottesville, Va. 1901
Augusta, Ga. 1902
Macon, Ga. 1903-1906
Little Rock 1907-08
Hot Springs, Ark. 1909-10
Redondo Beach, Calif. 1911
Hot Springs, Ark. 1912-18
Tampa 1919
Hot Springs, Ark. 1920-23
San Antonio 1924
New Orleans 1925-27
Bradenton, Fla. 1928-29
Pensacola, Fla. 1930-31
Savannah, Ga. 1932
Sarasota, Fla. 1933-42
Medford, Mass. 1943-44
Atlantic City 1945
Sarasota, Fla. 1946-58
Scottsdale, Ariz. 1959-65
Winter Haven, Fla. 1966-92
Fort Myers, Fla. 1993-present
DATA: Florida Grapefruit League
Globe Staff