So Casas will walk down the sidewalk to the big league clubhouse with the catcher Kole Cottam; infielders Ryan Fitzgerald, david hamiltonand Christian Kos; outfielder Francy Cordero; left-handed pitcher Chris Murphy; and right-handed pitchers Durbin Feltman, Geoff Hartlieb, Brian Keller, Kaleb Ortand John Schreiber.
Hamilton, a quick second baseman, was one of the players obtained from Milwaukee for Hunter Renfroe. Keller was obtained in the minor league phase of the Yankees’ Rule 5 draft. Hartlieb is also new to the organization. He has 57 major league games with the Pirates and Mets.
In total, the Sox will have 63 players in camp — barring other trades — and will only have 24 days to reduce that number to 26.
The Red Sox did not try to retain Jackie Bradley Jr. when he became a free agent last year. He agreed to a two-year, $24 million deal with the Brewers to see the Red Sox trade for him on Dec. 1.
On Saturday, Bradley said he had not spoken to the manager Alex Cora on how the Sox planned to use it.
Kike Hernandez started 81 games in center field last season and was excellent defensively. Hernández could play more second base this season, which would leave center field to Bradley with Alex Verdugo in one of the corners.
Or Hernández could play center with Bradley in right field and Verdugo in left.
Jarren Duran is on the 40-man roster, but the 25-year-old was outplayed at the plate in 33 major league games last season and played poorly in center field.
Sox, major league sources say, remain interested in Japanese freefielder Seiya Suzuki. The right-handed hitter would be a good fit on the roster.
The free agent market also includes, among others, Kris Bryant, Nick Castellanos, Michel Conforto, Brett Gardner, Joc Pederson, Eddie Rosario, Kyle Schwarberand Jorge Soler.
The Sox signed left-handed Thomas Pannone to a minor league contract. The 27-year-old from Cranston, RI played 49 games for the Blue Jays from 2018-19, going 7-7 with a 5.43 ERA.
Pannone played in Southern Nevada before being drafted by Cleveland in 2013. He was traded to Toronto in 2017 and last season was 5-11 with a 7.07 ERA for Triple A Salt Lake.
David Bush and rich hill were Cape Cod League teammates in 2000 playing for John Schiffner and the Chatham A. Now Bush is back for his third season as Red Sox pitching coach and Hill is preparing for his 18th season in the majors. Both are 42 years old…Bradley, a Rams fan, traveled to California for the Super Bowl and was later invited to the team’s victory party. “It was good for them to win and not lose to the Patriots again,” he said … Righthander Nick Pivette and his wife, Kristen, were able to visit Canada over the holidays to see family for the first time since the pandemic hit two years ago. Strict Canadian entry rules had kept them out… No one in New England will feel sorry, but temperatures here are expected to be in the 40s early Sunday.