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Red Sox play it conservatively in the offseason

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Too little? Too much?

It’s always the dilemma the year after a World Series championship.

As the Red Sox work on finishing touches to their year-after team, there’s no right or wrong answer to the question. Those who have been through it recently will say that you just react normally to personnel needs.

Ben Cherington has done that after a season of near-perfect moves.

It’s all about having a strong core of players and then making the right adjustments around it. With Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz plus a new core of Shane Victorino, Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, and Koji Uehara, the Red Sox seem to have that core, even though it is now missing Jacoby Ellsbury, an impact player.

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