Former Sox: Where are they now?

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Tyler M. Browne, a 7th-grader at Boston Latin Academy who has been a contributor to this space in the past, spent part of school vacation week assembling this list of former Sox players who were with the team at this time last spring, and where they are playing in 2013.

Daisuke Matsuzaka, like John Lackey coming back from Tommy John surgery, will start for the Cleveland Indians on Sunday. Matsuzaka was a late signee a non-roster invitee to Indians’ camp, coming to agreement on a contract that will pay him $1.5 million if he makes the big-league team.

When he signed, Matsuzaka said the chance to play for Terry Francona again was part of the attraction.

"His smile always brings a calm to me," said Matsuzaka, through interpreter Jeff Cutler, who was with Daisuke when he was here.

Here’s the list of Sox players in new destinations. “NRI” designates they are nonroster players with an invitation to big-league camp. And Mrs. O’Flaherty, if you’re reading, give Mr. Browne some extra credit for all his hard work, OK?

Cody Ross, Arizona

Darnell McDonald, NRI, Chicago Cubs

Mike Aviles, Cleveland

Rich Hill, NRI, Cleveland

Daisuke Matsuzaka, Cleveland

Carl Crawford, Los Angeles Dodgers

Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers

Nick Punto, Los Angeles Dodgers

Josh Beckett, Los Angeles Dodgers

Kelly Shoppach, Seattle Mariners

Danny Valencia, Baltimore Orioles

Scott Atchison, NRI, New York Mets

Kevin Youkilis, New York Yankees

Aaron Cook, NRI, Philadelphia

Mark Melancon, Pittsburgh

Ivan DeJesus Jr., NRI, Pittsburgh

James Loney, Tampa Bay

Che-Hsuan Lin, NRI, Houston

Vicente Padilla, Fukuoka (Japan)

Scott Podsednik, unsigned free agent

Guillermo Quiroz, NRI, San Francisco

Zach Stewart, NRI, Chicago White Sox