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Alex Cora Departure Press Conference Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

The Red Sox ownership group tried to explain the Mookie Betts deal on Monday. It didn’t go super well. (Dan Shaughnessy; Boston Globe)

John Tomase outlines what they should have said. (John Tomase; NBC Sports Boston)

The whole thing seemed desperate, which isn’t a good thing. (Rob Bradford; WEEI)

Ownership also addressed Alex Verdugo and his alleged presence during an assault of an underage girl. Here’s what we know of that story. (Jon Couture;

J.D. Martinez has to be the man for this team now, writes Jen McCaffrey. (Jen McCaffrey; The Athletic)

Speaking of Martinez, he is a little worried about potentially losing access to video. (Sean McAdam; Boston Sports Journal)

He also thinks the bashing of the Astros may be going a bit too far. (Joon Lee; ESPN)

In their annual spring meeting, Ron Roenicke tries to get his team to focus on the coming year and put the craziness behind him. (Chris Cotillo; Masslive)

Sox Prospects has new scouting reports for the newest Sox prospects. (Chris Hatfield; Sox Prospects)

Mookie Betts tweeted out his thank you to Boston fans. (Thomas Harrigan;