Red Sox

McAdam: On first day of spring training, Red Sox players react to changing landscape

Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

FORT MYERS — Even as they get ready for the start of a new season, Red Sox players already in camp are dealing with change.

Their previous manager is gone, and a replacement has not yet officially been named. Two veteran star players have, after a false start, finally been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. And the team still awaits word from Major League Baseball on its punishment for a 2018 sign-stealing scandal.

In short, there's a lot to deal with at a time when the start of spring training is supposed to signal a return to normalcy. Indeed, the trade of Mookie Betts and David Price served as a reminder that, above all else, this is first and foremost a business.