Sox signal interest in Werth

BOSTON—The Red Sox, as expected, have contacted agent Scott Boras regarding their interest in free-agent outfielder Jayson Werth, according to a baseball source. No word yet on outfielder Carl Crawford, although that would appear to be a no-brainer.

Several teams have already indicated interest in two other Boras clients, third baseman Adrian Beltre and catcher Jason Varitek. This is all very early in the process, and the Beltre and Werth negotiations are expected to be protracted.