The Red Sox essentially admitted the error of their spendthrift ways when they traded the mega-contracts of Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez to the Dodgers in August.
Asked whether he would venture down that path again, Cherington chuckled.
“But there may not be one guy out there who is going to fill our needs,” he said. “There are a number of players we have to look at. In theory, you can offer only so much to a player, even for only one year.
“We believe we’re going to have a significant payroll and we’re going to be active in adding free agent talent to the team. But you want the contract to make sense.”