Jason Varitek was named special assistant to Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington, seven months after he announced the end of a 15-season Major League Baseball career spent entirely as a catcher with Boston.
David Ortiz dismissed concerns about his age, health and dedication after signing a two-year contract extension with the Boston Red Sox. The designated hitter, who turns 37 on Nov. 18, was limited to 90 games last season because of an Achilles tendon injury.
Bobby Valentine said his return as a Major League Baseball manager after a nine-year hiatus has been a challenging one and that the Boston Red Sox only have room for improvement after their latest loss.
Pedro Martinez, a three-time Cy Young Award winner who helped the Boston Red Sox end an 86-year World Series drought, rejoined the organization as a special assistant to General Manager Ben Cherington.