Countdown to Spring Training: Day 34
As Spring Training 2014 creeps closer, the World Series title holder gets ready for another big season. The Boston Red Sox 2014 roster appears to be mostly intact but General manager Ben Cherington still expects some fine-tuning.
Cherington said before the Hot Stove Cool Music Roundtable at Fenway Park, that its likely that the Red Sox will add players before spring training. Its unclear whether the Red Sox will do so through free agency or via trade, but Cherington said Boston is working to build depth in various areas for the upcoming season.
I think its likely well add to the roster, Cherington said. Whether it be in the form of a major league deal or a minor league deal remains to be seen. But Im confident that well add some players before spring training. Were actively working on that now, so theres still some areas wed like to beef up a little bit and add some depth to. Well see. Hopefully were getting closer on a couple things.
The Red Sox already have added a few players this offseason, including catcher A.J. Pierzynski, utilityman Jonathan Herrera and relievers Edward Mujica and Burke Badenhop. Cherington said Tuesday that January/early February represents a time when Major League Baseball clubs can make valuable additions, though, and the Red Sox GM is open to adding to numerous positions. Weve been able to address the bullpen in some ways. Wouldnt rule out adding one more pitcher, maybe two more pitchers, Cherington said. Weve been able to address some other areas of the team. Wouldnt rule out adding an outfielder or infielder, but what type of deal and stuff remains to be seen.Like I said, were working on it and hopefully getting closer on a couple of things.
Cherington still isnt ruling out re-signing Stephen Drew, either, saying that the Red Sox have kept an open dialogue with the shortstop and his agent, Scott Boras. There isnt much to report on that front, though, as Cherington said that the time being spent talking about Drew publicly isnt necessarily consistent with the time that the Red Sox have spent negotiating his return.
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