Red Sox GM Ben Cherington also participated in the panel discussion but pushed past reporters without answering questions about the stalled negotiations for free agent first baseman Mike Napoli. Also taking part in the event for Epstein's charity, The Foundation to be Named Later, were Red Sox manager John Farrell, Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter and Boston assistant GM Mike Hazen.
Farrell said he went to Fort Myers, Fla., after the winter meetings to see the team's new spring training facility. "Hopefully, we can keep our daily schedule as efficient as possible," he said.
Farrell also said he expects to hear in the next week or so which Red Sox players will be asked to compete in the World Baseball Classic.