GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Not long after five players were sent back to the minor-league camp this morning, manager Terry Francona and General Manager Chris Antonetti had more player personnel news.
Catchers Brian Jeroloman and Omir Santos, infielder Luis Hernandez, outfielder Matt Carson, plus reliever Matt Capps and starter Daisuke Matsuzaka were informed they would not make the team out of spring training but were being kept in major-league camp.
""We talked to all those guys and told them that as of now they will not be breaking camp with us and going to Cleveland, but that they're staying in our camp,'' Francona said. ""We didn't want raise unrealistic expectations, and we thought it was respectful to tell them.''
It's only a matter of time before Jeroloman, Santos, Hernandez and Carson find their way back to minor-league camp. The process is a little more complex for Capps and Dice-K, who can leave on March 26, because they are major-league free agents signed to minor-league contracts.
Antonetti expressed a desire to keep them. One way is to offer them a $100,000 retention bonus. If they accept, they are bound to the club until June 1 and can be sent to Triple-A. Or another kind of deal can be negotiated, which Antonetti said is a possibility.