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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Dave Dombrowski said LHP Eduardo Rodriguez "most likely will not" pitch in the WBC. Rodriguez, whose banged-up right knee checked out well with Red Sox docs, said, "If I can, I'll go." Stay tuned.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

In his first public appearance with Red Sox, Chris Sale on the challenge of adjusting to Boston, where the first season wasn't easy for co-aces Rick Porcello in 2015 or David Price last year.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Craig Kimbrel on big-money contracts for free-agent closers (Chapman, Melancon, Jansen): "They earned it. They've had unbelievable careers so far, and that's why they got paid what they did. I'm happy for them"

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

David Price's reason for passing on WBC: "I didn't have year I wanted to have last year in Boston. I want to make sure I'm 100 percent ready to go on all cylinders when 2017 starts. I don't view pitching in WBC as something that's going to be right stepping stones for me to do that."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox LHP Drew Pomeranz had stem-cell injection in left elbow after experiencing forearm/elbow discomfort at times last season. Although he called treatment "experimental," he said pain isn't present in offseason throwing sessions.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

David Price: "This is the fastest in the offseason that I've had the itch for spring training in a while. I've been ready to head down to Florida for a while now." Described last season as "extremely inconsistent."

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The World Series trophy just made an appearance at the Notre Dame-Syracuse basketball game Saturday in South Bend, Indiana. They brought the trophy out during the first timeout of the game and then played "Go Cubs Go," with most of the crowd singing along.

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Santiago Casilla's deal with the Oakland Athletics was made official Friday. Casilla is 1 of 8 players to win 3 World Series with the Giants, along with Jeremy Affeldt, Madison Bumgarner, Tim Lincecum, Javier Lopez, Buster Posey, Sergio Romo and Pablo Sandoval. Bumgarner and Posey are the only players still with the team.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox rookie LF Andrew Benintendi has put on about 20 pounds and is up to 185, "the most I've ever weighed," in preparation for first full big-league season.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Porcello on WBC, cont'd: "Knowing the pace I took spring training last year and the pace I intend to take it this year, I'm not going to be prepared to pitch in those games. I wouldn't be doing United States team any justice and Boston Red Sox any justice by going out there."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Porcello was on U.S. provisional roster for WBC, but declined in order to build arm strength at deliberate pace in spring training, as usual. "If I'm in a game and I've got second & third and Miguel Cabrera at the plate, I'm not going to be at 80%."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox owner John Henry and other team officials will meet with David Ortiz next week in Dominican Republic to discuss a post-playing role in organization.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

It makes sense, owner John Henry said, for Red Sox to stay below $195 million CBT threshold this year because doing so will reset the penalties, according to terms of new collective bargaining agreement.

William Weinbaum ESPN 

St. Petersburg's City Council approved a smokeless tobacco ban at athletic facilities that would make the Tampa Bay Rays' ballpark the 13th of 30 in MLB to have such a prohibition. The city clerk told Outside the Lines that the new law passed Thursday without opposition.

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On Thursday, the Marlins obtained pitcher Dan Straily from the Reds for a package of minor leaguers. Straily had his best season in 2016, posting a 3.76 ERA. However, he allowed 31 home runs, which tied with Max Scherzer for most in the NL. He also had a 4.88 FIP. The differential between his ERA and FIP (which technically comes out to 1.11 not 1.12) was 2nd-highest among ERA-title qualifiers. Only former teammate Brandon Finnegan (1.21) had a bigger difference.