Spring Fort-itude: What happened with Red Sox in Fort Myers on Wednesday

February 20, 2014 - 4:26 am
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- John Henry was bemused. "Any non-contract questions?" the Red Sox principal owner wondered as he sat down for his annual State of the Team conversation with the media in Fort Myers. Not many. David Ortiz dominated the spring training dialogue in Fort Myers on Wednesday, with the slugger making his case for a one-year extension of the two-year contract that expires after this season. Ortiz said that regardless of contract status, he won't be for wont of motivation: He's "hungrier than ever" for another title. Henry, meanwhile, said that an extension for Ortiz this spring is "conceivable" given the shared interest of the player and team in seeing the superstar finish his career as a member of the Red Sox. While the Red Sox aren't under any obligation to discuss Ortiz's contract, here's a breakdown of why the team is comfortable doing so, and why some around the club believe that it's the team's best interests to lock up Ortiz now as opposed to waiting until after the season. In non-contract news: -- John Farrell joined WEEI's Dennis & Callahan show to discuss the shape of the Red Sox lineup with a couple of interesting wrinkles in both the possible leadoff hitter pool as well as where rookie Xander Bogaerts might fit. (Here is visual proof that the show is currently in Fort Myers.) -- Right-hander Rubby De La Rosa is lighter and leaner this year than last, something that he hopes will allow him to improve his command. If he can do that, based on his dazzling stuff, he has a chance to be an impactful contributor in 2014. -- Henry discussed the Sox' operating model, the luxury tax and the limited ways that a team could spend its resources. The Red Sox owners met with the entire roster this morning, with the first official full-squad workout of the spring to follow. More soon from the Fort...

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