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Red Sox's Travis Shaw: Will train in outfield
by RotoWire Staff | Special to

Shaw will spend time in left field early on in training camp to determine if he's a viable option at the position, the Boston Herald reports.

As it stands now, Shaw has a good shot at making Boston's roster on his infield work alone, particularly as the Red Sox try out Hanley Ramirez at first base, but adding outfield to his resume should cement a roster spot for him. Shaw surprised everyone last season, hitting .270 with 13 homers in 248 plate appearances over August and September.

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Red Sox's Eduardo Rodriguez: Confident he's fixed tipping problem
by RotoWire Staff | Special to

Rodriguez said he's fixed the problem of tipping his pitches that arose last season in the major leagues, reports.

Rodriguez's problems began June 14 in a loss to the Blue Jays, then resurfaced spectacularly June 25 against the Orioles. He retired the first 10 batters he faced, including five by strikeout, before a Chris Parmalee double got the O's rolling. Forced to pitch from the stretch, Rodriguez allowed seven straight hits and six runs before departing. He had been tipping pitches out of the stretch by the position of his head and glove. The left-hander said he had fixed the problem by the end of the last season -- as evidenced by a 2.08 ERA in his final seven starts -- and he's been working all winter on his mechanics to remove any "tell" opponents can spot.

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Red Sox's Robbie Ross: Settles at $1.25 million with Boston
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Robbie Ross and the Boston Red Sox settled on a $1.25 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, John Heyman of MLB Network reports.

The lefty struggled at the start of 2015, posting a 6.17 ERA over his first 13 games leading to a couple of stints in Triple-A. It turned out to be a productive move for the Red Sox, as Ross closed out the remainder of the season with a 3.31 ERA over 41 games. Both parties are hoping he can ride this momentum into 2016 and remain an effective middle reliever.

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Red Sox's Rusney Castillo: Working to shorten swing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rusney Castillo said he's been working this winter to shorten up his swing because of the faster pitching speeds he's seen in the major leagues, the Boston Herald reports.

Castillo, who signed with Boston in Aug. 2014, still hasn't made a full adjustment to baseball in the states and remains an enigma entering the 2016 season. Injuries have slowed his development, including his adjustment to the higher caliber pitching and the longer season in MLB. He's shown ability in short spurts and will be given a chance to start everyday if healthy out of spring training.

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Hard to see big improvement for Rick Porcello
by Chris Towers | Fantasy Writer

If you're a believe in advanced metrics, Rick Porcello should be one of your favorite bounceback candidates in baseball. His 4.92 ERA over 172 innings a year ago looks ugly, but he had one of the biggest separations between his ERA and FIP, which sat at 4.13 in his first season with the Boston Red Sox . Porcello was, perhaps more than any player in baseball, hurt by the Red Sox defensive issues last season, and with improvements expected -- and a 3.53 second-half ERA to point to -- could he be a sleeper coming into the season?

Porcello should be helped by the Red Sox defensive improvements, for sure, and an ERA in the 5.00 range seems unlikely. However, expecting him to hit his second-half mark seems unlikely as well, given his career. Porcello has an ERA below 3.50 just once, and has dramatically underperformed his FIP -- by more than half a run -- in five of his last six seasons. Porcello has had trouble with runners on base in his career, and that remained an issue for him a year ago, which makes it hard to buy into the metrics that suggest significantly better days ahead.

Expect improvement, but it's hard to view him as anything more than a league-average pitcher given his track record.

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2015 Team Leaders
AVGXander Bogaerts , SS.320
HRDavid Ortiz , DH37
RBIDavid Ortiz , DH108
OBPDavid Ortiz , DH.360
SLGDavid Ortiz , DH.553
RMookie Betts , CF92
SBMookie Betts , CF21
WWade Miley , SP11
ERAWade Miley , SP4.46
WHIPRick Porcello , SP1.36
KRick Porcello , SP149
SVKoji Uehara , RP25

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