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Red Sox must decide on manager quickly

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Once this season ends, the Red Sox need to make a quick decision on whether to keep or fire Bobby Valentine, and if the answer is that he’s gone, they need to make an equally quick decision on who replaces him.

The team can ill afford a second straight offseason of wading through a bunch of mediocre, uninspiring candidates and then not hiring someone until December. Nor can it afford to have a long, drawn-out negotiation with the Blue Jays over compensation to obtain John Farrell.

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