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Red Sox notes: Iglesias will savor his ring

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  December 13, 2013 05:39 PM

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CAP CANA, Dominican Republic — Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias, who is attending David Ortiz’s charity golf tournament, said he watched every game of the World Series rooting for his former Red Sox teammates to win.

“They were battling for my ring,” said Iglesias, who was traded in July.

Iglesias said the trade was shocking to him when it occurred but he adjusted once he got to know the Detroit players. He is happy he started his career with the Sox.

"This was my first organization. I've got a great memory of the organization that built the player that I am and the player that I will be,” he said. “Later on, when my son says, ‘What team did you used to play for, daddy?’ I'll say, 'I played for the Red Sox. Hey, look, I got a ring from the Red Sox.' I feel a big part of that win, as well, because I helped the team a lot."

Iglesias feels that Xander Bogaerts can play shortstop but will eventually play third base.

“Great kid, great player,” Iglesias said. “But for me, I think he goes to third.”

• Lefthander Franklin Morales pitched in 20 games last season because of injuries. To compensate, he will join Caracas in the Venezuelan League later this month to get some innings in.

“I know how my body feels and I need to pitch before spring training,” Morales said. “Last year was bad. This will be good for me before I go to spring training.”

Morales pitched effectively as a starter and reliever in 2012 before posting a 4.62 earned run average last season.

“My agent talked to the Red Sox and they’re OK. I’ll talk to [pitching coach Juan Nieves] this week about what I should be doing,” Morales said. “This will make me better.”

Morales plans to pitch in relief in a few games for Caracas before making some starts to build up his arm.

• Ryan Kalish signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs that included an invitation to spring training. Kalish was drafted by the Sox in 2006 when Cubs executives Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod were with the Red Sox. Kalish hit .243 in 89 major league games for the Red Sox. He missed the 2013 season recovering from shoulder surgery.

• Ortiz invited Alex Rodriguez to his event but reserved comment about the disgraced slugger’s legal battles with Major League Baseball. “I’ve been his friend and I support him. If he is suspended, he’ll have to take that punishment,” Ortiz said. “I don’t know what happened.”

Three reporters from New York are in the Dominican pursuing Rodriguez, who arrived on Friday night.

• The Red Sox signed infielder Brandon Snyder and righthanders Miguel Celestino and John Ely to minor league contracts that include invitations to spring training.

Snyder played 27 games with the Sox last season, hitting .180. He has 83 games of major league experience.

Celestino, 24, a minor league free agent, has been with the Red Sox since 2010. He was 1-9 with a 6.12 ERA for Double A Portland last season.

Ely, 27, was 4-13 with a 5.70 ERA in 25 games for the Dodgers from 2010-12. He pitched in one minor league game in Houston organization last season after recovering from Tommy John surgery.

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