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Red Sox notes from the Winter Meetings

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  December 11, 2013 07:29 PM

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — A few Red Sox items picked up today:

• The Sox met with Scott Boras regarding Stephen Drew earlier today, the latest of several such meetings since the end of the World Series. The Red Sox are open to Drew returning on their terms.

“We like Stephen and the job he did,” Ben Cherington said. “Because of that we’ve kept the door open. We’re going to continue to listen and talk and see where it ends up.

“If a deal makes sense for us, we would do it today for any player. I don’t think there’s any need to wait on anything. … I think we have a sense of what’s important to him and I think he has a sense of what’s important to us. We’ll see where it goes.”

The Sox can afford to be disciplined knowing they can slide Xander Bogaerts into the position.

“We think we have a pretty good solution at shortstop,” Cherington said.

• The Rule 5 Draft of unprotected veteran minor leaguers will be Thursday morning. The Red Sox, who have a full 40-man roster, will not have a pick in the major league phase. Cherington is not sticking around for it.

• The Red Sox agreed to terms with first baseman Mike Napoli on Dec. 6. The official announcement could come by the end of this week.

• The Red Sox will start spring training afternoon home games at 1:05 p.m., not 1:35 p.m., as was the case last season. The players and coaches pushed for the change.

• The Red Sox looked into lefthander Johan Santana, who is making a comeback from injury, and decided not to pursue a deal.

• Cherington indicated the Red Sox could sign 37-year-old Shunsuke Watanabe, a submarine-style righthander, to a minor league contract. He was a long-time starter in Japan and pitched in the World Baseball Classic.

David Ortiz hit a 525-foot home run off Watanabe in an exhibition game in 2004.

• The Red Sox are expected to name Double A manager Kevin Boles as the manager at Triple A Pawtucket according to Sean McAdam of CSNNE. Boles spent three seasons managing Portland and has managed six years in the minors for the Sox. Boles is the son of former Marlins manager John Boles.

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