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Cherington says Cody Ross still in the picture

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  December 19, 2012 03:44 PM

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Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington indicated that free agent outfielder Cody Ross is still in the picture and that the team has not closed the door on re-signing him.

"We have not closed the door by any means," Cherington said. "I have not had a conversation recently with him. But no we have not closed the door."

Cherington also said that he wants shortstop Jose Iglesias to play every day now that the team has signed Stephen Drew. That likely means at Triple A Pawtucket.

"At this point in his career he should be playing every day," Cherington said.

"We're hopeful we’ve added some depth there too," Cherington said. "Not ready to announce anything (Drew will be in later this week for a physical), but I know I said there were clearly holes to fill and then other things that we were going to try to be a little more opportunistic on. We’ve done a little bit of both I guess so far. Like I said, first base is one area that was a clear need at the start of the offseason that we haven’t been able to execute on yet. So we’re still working on that."

Asked about his comments at the winter meetings that he was not looking to deal Jacoby Ellsbury: "Nothing’s changed on that."

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