Henry: Red Sox would like to keep Ellsbury

Red Sox owner John Henry, who has been sparse in his media availability since spring training, went on the team’s flagship radio station this afternoon.

Henry told WEEI that the Red Sox “would very much like to retain” pending free agent Jacoby Ellsbury.

Henry also spoke about free agency, saying that long-term contracts are probably best saved for retaining their own players. But in relation to Dustin Pedroia, who is under team control through 2015, Henry said there was no urgency to get a deal done.

Henry said that if Clay Buchholz comes back healthy, “it will be a heck of a pennant race.”

Henry also complained again about Terry Francona’s book not being fair to team chairman Tom Werner and team president Larry Lucchino. He blamed co-author Dan Shaughnessy.

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