|Lefty bat preferable for left side of infield|
The Red Sox aren't close to acquiring the infielder they are seeking for the left side of the infield, an acquisition they'd prefer to hit left-handed. Xander Bogaerts and Will Middlebrooks, who lead Boston's depth chart at shortstop and third base, respectively, are both right-handed hitters.
|Young arms could surface soon for Red Sox|
Ben Cherington doesn't feel the need to force one of his prospects into the rotation at this time. At some point, he realizes, it will probably just happen. Anthony Ranaudo, Henry Owens, Allen Webster, Rubby De La Rosa and Matt Barnes are all knocking on the door. And Brandon Workman, a valuable reliever this past postseason, could start if the opportunity presents itself.
|Cherington open to extension talks with Lester|
Once Ben Cherington gets through the busy part of his offseason, he could turn to an important longer-term issue -- making sure Jon Lester doesn't leave as a free agent following the 2014 season.
|A.J. eager to begin Boston chapter of career|
At 37, A.J. Pierzynski still has a 22-year-old's enthusiasm for his job. And during a visit to the Winter Meetings, he seemed eager to throw on his catching gear and uniform and begin his tenure with the Red Sox.
|Papi the unanimous choice for Martinez Award|
Since the inception of the DH in 1973, nobody has dominated the position for a sustained period quite like David Ortiz, who on Tuesday was named the winner of the Edgar Martinez Outstanding DH Award for the seventh time.
|Red Sox take home trophies in four GIBBY categories|
The Red Sox continue to gain appreciation -- and hardware -- for their World Series-winning season. Boston won in four categories as MLB.com's annual Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Awards were announced Tuesday at the Winter Meetings.
|Buchholz regaining arm strength|
The Red Sox envision right-hander Clay Buchholz being back at full strength and hopefully ready to pick up where he left off early in 2013, when he pitched like a Cy Young Award candidate.
|Lavarnway may have to wait till '15 for his shot|
While the Red Sox might go with young players at shortstop and center field next season, they are utilizing a veteran tandem behind the plate in A.J. Pierzynski and David Ross. So where does that leave Ryan Lavarnway?
|Pedroia should be full go for Spring Training|
Though Dustin Pedroia is still recovering from left thumb surgery, the expectation is that he should be fully ready to go by Spring Training.
|Starting depth puts Red Sox in position of strength|
The Red Sox have a problem many teams would love to have -- an overflow in the rotation, with Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, John Lackey, Felix Doubront, Jake Peavy and Ryan Dempster all under contract for next season.
|Drew's return contingent on moving payroll|
For Stephen Drew to return, the Red Sox would likely have to move some payroll, perhaps from the rotation, where they are deep.
|Deep pitching sets up Red Sox for success|
Jacoby Ellsbury flew the coop, along with Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Stephen Drew could be the next to leave. And the Red Sox are set to roll on.
|Sporting new uni, Salty looks back on time with Sox|
Wearing a Marlins jersey with his familiar No. 39 on the back, Jarrod Saltalamacchia spoke reflectively about his time with the Red Sox. Though he would have liked to stay, he understands the business side of the game.
|Title in the past, Farrell focused on the future|
Rather than spending his time watching World Series highlights, John Farrell has been focusing on what he needs to do for 2014, starting with finding a leadoff hitter to replace Jacoby Ellsbury.
|Red Sox have versatile infield prospect in Cecchini|
Garin Cecchini's solid baseball mechanics coupled with his sound knowledge of the game are important components of his composite projection. The Red Sox third-base prospect should be a fine Major League quality player, with a top-of-the-batting-order profile.
|Auction items to help cause close to Sox hearts|
Major League Baseball's auction this week includes items from all 30 teams and benefits Stand Up To Cancer. Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino said he feels fortunate to be able to do his part.
|Cherington plans to stay active at Winter Meetings|
The Red Sox, who kept up with the fast pace of their competitors in the week leading up to the Winter Meetings, will still be active in trying to improve their roster over the next four days in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
|Cherington: Heavy lifting likely done for Red Sox|
With Mike Napoli's big bat a successful physical away from officially returning to the Red Sox, general manager Ben Cherington can now focus on luxuries rather than necessities.
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