On at least eight public occasions since the end of the season, general manager Ben Cherington has spoken about his desire to build “the next great Red Sox team.” What hasn’t been said is when that team will be assembled. Cherington has carefully avoided making promises to a fan base that has been burned all too often in recent seasons by bold talk that proved to be unfounded. His goal is long-term success, not a quick fix after last season’s 93-loss debacle.
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