“We’ve got some work to go,” Farrell said. “We’d like to get it done sooner than later. But we’re not going to take any shortcuts just to put names in positions.”
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Outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin, who was designated for assignment by the Sox Oct. 17, was claimed off waivers by the Houston Astros. Lin, 24, made his major league debut in 2012, going 3 for 12 in nine games.