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ORLANDO, Fla. — Ben Cherington’s third trip to baseball’s Winter Meetings as the general manager of the Red Sox is sure to be less stressful than the first two.
In 2011, Cherington was new to the job and had been forced into hiring Bobby Valentine as manager. He was busy assembling a coaching staff and looking for ways to improve a team that had suffered a September collapse.
In 2012, Cherington was faced with rebuilding a last-place team after Valentine had been fired following a 93-loss season.
This time, Cherington arrives with the Sox having won the World Series and with a roster that has been supplemented with the signing of three free agents: catcher A.J. Pierzynski, righthanded reliever Edward Mujica, and first baseman Mike Napoli.