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Teams place big bets on older players

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As older players stretch out their careers, teams must make tough decisions, especially when it comes to the kind of aging franchise icons that are prominent on the Boston sports scene.

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington talks about his “risk assessment” with David Ortiz.

Celtics president Danny Ainge provides his thoughts on re-signing Kevin Garnett and on what lies ahead with Paul Pierce.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli shares his thinking on Zdeno Chara.

And general managers of successful older teams discuss why they prefer veterans. Some gambles are easier to take than others, and as knowledge and data about the effects of aging on athletes continue to improve and increase, teams will have even more tools at their disposal to make informed decisions.

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