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Nick Cafardo | On Baseball

Revamping offense was Red Sox’ priority

Ben Cherington took a glance at the free agent list and realized that relying on free agency to revamp the Red Sox’ offense was risky and uninspiring.

Nelson Cruz would have been nice, but he’s 34 and it appears the Orioles want to re-sign him. Nick Markakis and Melky Cabrera are good players, but there would be competition for them and no guarantee the Red Sox would get them.

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