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Newest Met Curtis Granderson explains Red Sox’ interest in him 12.10.13 at 2:19 pm ET
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Curtis Granderson

Curtis Granderson

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Curtis Granderson is a New York Met. That was made perfectly clear Tuesday when the outfielder was introduced to the media at the Dolphin Hotel and Resort.

But, according to Granderson, there was at least a chance he could have become a member of the Red Sox.

“We did, early on, right after they ended up winning the World Series ironically. You’d think they’d celebrate for a little bit,” said Granderson when asked if the Red Sox had expressed interest in the 32-year-old. “There were some initial talks right there. Then as soon as Ellsbury ended up signing, there were more. They decided they wanted to go with Jackie Bradley, who’s obviously a great individual and is going to go out there and do some great things for them. They had some other moves they wanted to go ahead and take care of first.”

Granderson ended up signing a four-year, $60 million deal with New York.

Later Tuesday, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington clarified his team’s interest in the outfielder.

“We contact a lot of free agents. There are probably we don’t contact than we do contact,” he said. “Because it’s important at the very least you’re exchanging information, it gives you a sense of how the market is shaping. We liked him. We like him as a player. But I wouldn’t say we were ever that close on it.”

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Ben Cherington on dealing starters: ‘We’re very comfortable not doing anything’ 12.09.13 at 7:02 pm ET
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ORLANDO — Even with six starters — Jon Lester, Jake Peavy, Ryan Dempster, Clay Buchholz, Felix Doubront and John Lackey — on their roster, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said he is no rush to trade any of them.

“We’re very comfortable not doing anything,” Cherington said when asked about the surplus. “We’re very comfortable just holding everyone. We all know that starting pitching, a supposed surplus has a way of working itself out usually. We’re very comfortable not doing anything. If the movement with free agents or trades or whatever creates motivation on some teams’ part, or when that leads to something that makes sense for us, then we’ll certainly listen and consider it.”

Cherington noted that some of the teams which initially inquired about some of the Sox starters have filled their holes with free agents. Yet, there is still interest in the Red Sox hurlers, according to the GM.

“I wouldn’t say it’s changed much since the beginning of the offseason,” he said. “That doesn’t mean we’re close to doing anything; we’re not. We’re still hearing from teams.”

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Ben Cherington still can’t ‘handicap’ chances of Stephen Drew returning 12.09.13 at 6:50 pm ET
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Ben Cherington

Ben Cherington

ORLANDO — Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington wouldn’t “handicap” the chances of Stephen Drew returning to the team at the winter meetings Monday, but he did note that whatever solution the Sox get to fill out the left side of their infield will have to have the capability to play shortstop.

“We need two guys on the team that can play short no matter what the names are,” Cherington said. “The roster needs two guys that can play short. So obviously, [Xander] Bogaerts has a chance to be a part of the team and he can play short. One way or another we have to add to that. Brock Holt is a candidate for that and he’s done a good job for us. Obviously someone we still think highly of. But we may look to add somebody on that side of the field and more than likely that someone would have the ability to play short, at least in some role.”

As was reported by WEEI.com earlier Monday, the Red Sox are waiting out to see what kind of market Drew might get before looping back in with the shortstop.

“He’s someone that – we obviously like him,” Cherington said of Drew. “He’s a good player and did a really good job for us. If there’s a way to make it work, we’ll see if we can do that, but I can’t handicap it right now.”

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Sources: ‘Nothing to’ reports of Red Sox interest in Matt Kemp 12.09.13 at 6:29 pm ET
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ORLANDO — According to major league sources, there is “nothing to” the reported Red Sox interest in Matt Kemp. Two sources classified the contact regarding Kemp as “barely” touching base.

The Dodgers are believed to be shopping the 29-year-old, who has been battling ankle and shoulder injuries.

Check back from more from the winter meetings …

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John Farrell at winter meetings: No ‘physical discomfort’ for Clay Buchholz 12.09.13 at 5:19 pm ET
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Clay Buchholz

Clay Buchholz

ORLANDO — According to John Farrell, the concerns over Clay Buchholz’ health has subsided.

Speaking during his allotted time with the media at the winter meetings Monday afternoon, the Red Sox manager said that Buchholz has put his physical issues (shoulder, neck, lat) in the past and should undergo a typical offseason.

“Based on the most recent report, very comfortable,” Farrell said when asked about Buchholz’s progress. “No residual feeling of any kind of physical discomfort. He’s initiated his normal off‑season strengthening program. So all of that has calmed down from last year. So his durability and just innings capability is a huge — will be a huge benefit further going forward.”

Some other noteworthy items from Farrell’s media briefing:

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John Farrell envisions Shane Victorino, Daniel Nava as Red Sox leadoff men 12.09.13 at 4:52 pm ET
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John Farrell

John Farrell

ORLANDO — Speaking during his allotted 30-minute media availability at the winter meetings, Red Sox manager John Farrell suggested his team’s leadoff hitters for the coming season will be a combination of Daniel Nava and Shane Victorino.

Victorino, who finished 2013 with a .351 on-base percentage, hit leadoff eight times, while Nava (.385 OBP) manned the lineup’s top spot in nine games (8 starts).

“I think the most important thing is we’re not going to replace some 50‑something stolen bases by Jacoby [Ellsbury],” Farrell said. “The biggest thing would be who is our best on-base percentage guys to keep them or keep that individual in front of [Dustin Pedroia], and David [Ortiz], and [Mike Napoli], those are the two guys that quickly come to mind right now.
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Farrell went on to explain who he liked the dynamic of Pedroia hitting in the two-hole, with Ortiz sliding up to third, an order the Red Sox implemented at the end of their postseason run.

The Sox manager believed that Victorino would return to switch-hitting in 2014, after having hit almost exclusively right-handed after suffering a hamstring injury.

“Everything says he will,” said Farrell when asked if Victorino would hit lefty in ’14. “That was a conversation as the year unfolded and finished out. But Shane has a way of coming up with some things that kind of keep you smiling.”

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Source: Interest in Mike Carp might be heating up 12.09.13 at 11:12 am ET
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Mike Carp (AP)

Mike Carp (AP)

ORLANDO — According to an industry source, there appears to be growing interest in Red Sox first baseman/outfielder Mike Carp.

With Mike Napoli coming back on a two-year, $36 million deal, Carp still remains a backup at first base and in the outfield (behind Daniel Nava and Jonny Gomes).The 27-year-old is arbitration-eligible for the first time, this offseason.

Teams that could have interest in Carp include Pittsburgh and Milwaukee, with two of the Red Sox’ American League East rivals, Tampa Bay and Baltimore, also seemingly in the market for a player with Carp’s skill-set.

Carp finished 2013 with the second-best slugging percentage on the Red Sox (.523), hitting .296 with an on-base percentage of .362 to go along with 18 doubles and nine homers in 86 games.

Check back for more coverage from the winter meetings, with the Salk and Holley Show broadcasting live from the Swan and Dolphin Hotel from 2-6 p.m. Monday.

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