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Red Sox make $14m offers to Ellsbury, Napoli, Drew

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Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington and manager John Farrell just met with reporters for 34 minutes. A few of the highlights:

• Qualifying offers of one year and $14.1 million have been extended to three free agents: shortstop Stephen Drew, center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, and first baseman Mike Napoli. The players have a week to decide whether to take them.

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The Red Sox would receive draft-pick compensation from any team that signs one of those players.

• The Red Sox, as expected, did not extend a qualifying offer to Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who made $4.5 million last season. But Cherington said they are interested in bringing all of their free agents back.

• The Red Sox, Cherington said, expect their entire coaching staff to return. They have not been asked by other teams for permission to speak with any of the coaches. Torey Lovullo was considered a potential managerial candidate in Detroit before Brad Ausmus was hired.

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• President Obama called Farrell this afternoon to congratulate him on the World Series. The Red Sox open next season in Baltimore and could visit the White House around that time.

• Cherington said it would take a “compelling” reason to move Shane Victorino out of right field.

• Farrell suggested that Brandon Workman would start next season in the bullpen.

• Cherington said the Red Sox would like to add to their bullpen depth. He and Farrell both suggested that maintaining their starter depth was a priority.

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