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Feb 18, 2016 4:15 PM

Red Sox Spring Training officially kicks off as pitchers and catchers report


FORT MYERS, Fla. - Pitchers and catchers reported Thursday in Fort Myers.

Among the excitement in Red Sox Nation, there's a lot of buzz about the big bucks and David Price. The left-handed ace signed his $217 million contract this off-season, which is the biggest in franchise history.

He'll lead the starting rotation for the next seven years. He brings an impressive resume as he earned the runner-up for last season’s American League Cy Young award and the won it with the Rays in 2012.

The biggest drawback, though? His postseason numbers: 2-7 with a 5.12 ERA.

Dave Dombrowski, President of Baseball Operations for the Red Sox made a trade for one of the league's best relievers, too.

No pitcher in the MLB has had a better ERA or more saves than Craig Kimbrel in the last five seasons (with over 200 innings pitched). The right-hander was the National League’s Rookie of the Year in 2011 and made four straight All-Star games.

After a disappointing 2015 season in left field, Hanley Ramirez will now have a new role with first base responsibilities. He told the media he's been training in Miami and altered his diet to lose weight and muscle up, but many wonder how well he will adapt.

Christian Vasquez told reporters that he's healthy and ready to go after Tommy John surgery. The Red Sox management already said at Winter Meetings that Blake Swihart will be their starting catcher. But Vazquez's impressive defensive work could change plans.

There's a little over a week until the first games against Boston College and Northeastern.

On March 2, the Red Sox play Grapefruit League opener vs. Minnesota Twins.

Check out who is helping the Sox prepare for the season... One of the latest inducted to Cooperstown (Class of 2015) and one of the greatest pitchers in Red Sox history, Pedro Martinez.


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