Gentry wasn't particularly impressive with Triple-A last season, so the lack of interest from the rest of the league isn't all that surprising. He could have a chance to help out the big league club at some point next season, but the 32-year-old will likely just serve as outfield depth within the organization.
Choice is no longer a member of the 40-man roster, but he'll receive a non-roster invite to major league camp once spring training begins. The 26-year-old spent most of the season at Triple-A, slashing .239/.308/.393 combined with the Rangers' and Indians' affiliates.
Mesa split time between the organization's Double-A and Triple-A levels this season, but struggled mightily after earning the promotion to the tune of a .215/.259/.358 slash line with 89 strikeouts with Triple-A Buffalo. The outfielder will likely continue to serve simply as organizational depth.
The exact terms of the deal are still unclear at this point, and the agreement is still pending a physical, but Young appears headed for his fifth different team in five years. He had success serving mostly as a platoon option with the Yankees last season, slashing .327/.397/.575 against southpaws, and appears headed for a similar role with Rusney Castillo, Jackie Bradley, and Mookie Betts all appearing to occupy roles in the Boston outfield as of now.
Bradley re-established himself in Boston's outfield picture with a monster 27-game stretch from Aug. 7 to Sept. 7, but he finished the season hitting .138/.247/.263/.510 in the final 25 games. Those types of peaks and valleys are what Farrell is talking about. Bradley needs to minimize stretches of offensive futility.
Farrell said Ramirez, like all the other players on the team, had some specific physical goals to achieve during the offseason, mentioning Ramirez's shoulder, some low-back pain, and getting to an optimum playing weight. The manager wants to be sure those issues have been addressed before the organization gives him the go-ahead to play. As evidence of Ramirez's slimmed-down physique, he posted this image on his Instagram account.
Ramirez, who will be moved from left field to first base in 2016, said he'll get a jump on the new position, but will mainly serve as a designated hitter for Licey. Meanwhile, Boston general manager Dave Dombrowski said there's no plan in place for Ramirez to play this winter and that the ESPN Deportes report is only a rumor.
Manager John Farrell indicated Castillo will be in left with Mookie Betts in right, flanking Jackie Bradley in center. Castillo signed a record-breaking $72 million contract in August of 2014, but an oblique injury and Betts' emergence pushed him to Triple-A to start 2015. He eventually came up to hit just .252/.288/.359 in 80 games with the Red Sox, with a .225/.263/.292 line in September. Chances are, Castillo will have to swing his way out of a bottom-third spot in the batting order.
The Red Sox seemed pleased with Betts' progress in center last season, but Jackie Bradley is clearly the best defensive outfielder on the team. Bradley is expected to take over in center and push Betts to right, with Rusney Castillo set to start the year in left field. This news does not affect Betts' fantasy outlook for 2016, as his playing time and spot atop the order should be secure no matter where he plays in the outfield.
Mookie Betts got better as the season progressed and proved to be a capable center fielder in 2015, but manager John Farrell rightfully acknowledged that Bradley "is the best defensive outfielder" on the team. Betts is expected to move to right, but of course, Bradley will need to continue to hit to maintain a starting role throughout the year. The 25-year-old surprised a lot of people in that regard last season, batting .249/.335/.498 with 10 homers in 74 games with Boston.