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Red Sox hold midseason powwow

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  July 10, 2012 07:09 PM

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The Red Sox held their annual midseason meeting of the minds on Monday during which they evaluated the entire team and discussed the good, the bad and the ugly of the 2012 team and how to fix it, according to a team source.

The meeting included team personnel including general manager Ben Cherington, manager Bobby Valentine as well as owners John Henry, Tom Werner and president Larry Lucchino.

All subjects were on the table, including the coaching staff, a player-by-player evaluation and what the team could do as far as player personnel moves before the trading deadline.

The Sox also have a lot of roster issues coming up with Jacoby Ellsbury possibly returning to the squad on Friday in Tampa Bay and righthander Clay Buchholz coming off the disabled list to start on Saturday.

The Red Sox are within 2-1/2 games of a second wild card spot and right now there are no plans for the team to deal off anyone unless it is to clear out redundant players, mostly outfielders.

The Red Sox are a few million over their luxury tax threshold so it's hard to determine whether the team can add more payroll. They recently saved $1.5 million on releasing Bobby Jenks from his contract.

The Red Sox will hold a workout at Tropicana Field at 6 p.m. on Thursday. At that time there may be some roster moves to announce.

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