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Long-term deals have cost the Red Sox

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Ben Cherington left baseball’s general managers meetings on Friday in a unique position when compared with his counterparts on other teams.

The August trade that sent Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, and Adrian Gonzalez to the Dodgers trimmed just less than $57 million that was committed to the team’s payroll for next season. That money has yet to be spent, leaving the Red Sox in an enviable position of being able to afford the best free agents at every position they need to fill.

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