Saturday, February 23, 2013
Former Sox: Where are they now?
By Gordon Edes
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