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Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington can be as daring as he wants to be at Winter Meetings

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Having moved to enhance their bullpen (with Edward Mujica and Burke Badenhop) and replace incumbent catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia with A.J. Pierzynski, the Red Sox can use these Winter Meetings to focus on something extraordinary.

They can pursue a Matt Kemp deal, or at least study his medical reports to see if Kemp could again become the devastating hitter he was before his injuries. They can pursue a huge deal for Giancarlo Stanton, even if the Marlins won’t listen.

They can be “daring”, as general manager Ben Cherington said earlier this offseason.

It’s a question of how daring they want to be.

Having lost Saltalamacchia is not something the Sox are fretting about. He was never in their long-term plans.

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