Two Sox notes and some good news

A few Red Sox notes for you:

• The crafty plan to get a draft pick out of Felipe Lopez may fail given reports that Tampa Bay may soon sign the infielder to a minor league deal. The Red Sox will receive compensation only if Lopez, a Type B free agent, signs a major league contract.

• Baseball America reports that the Red Sox have signed Paul Hoover, a 34-year-old catcher, to a minor-league contract. Hoover has played 40 games in the majors over parts of seven seasons with three teams. He hit .247/.326/.345 in Triple A Lehigh Valley last season.

The Sox are planning on having Mark Wagner and Luis Exposito catch in Pawtucket this season. Hoover will give them some depth.


• Let’s save the best news for last. Dave Roberts told the Associated Press that he is cancer free a year after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma at age 37. Roberts is the first base coach of the Padres.

“The thing that I probably gained the most is I never realized how many people — aside from the fact of being appreciative and when people say ’You don’t know what you have until it can potentially be taken from you’ — cared for me and loved me, from family to friends to fans,” Roberts said Tuesday. “The e-mails, the cards, all the well wishes, were amazing. I never really had anyone constantly praying for me and my well being. To feel that wherever I went, from San Francisco to San Diego to Boston and to outside the country, was very humbling.”

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