Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington was contacted by ESPNBoston.com regarding his statement earlier in the day in an interview on Boston sports radio station WEEI, in which he seemed to hint there might be a managerial search in his future.
"I meant it in the most literal sense," Cherington wrote in an email. "We've made it clear that we'll meet after the season (to make a decision on manager Bobby Valentine). One way or another my hope is to spend less time on the matter than we did last offseason."
Here was his quote from earlier in the day, responding to a hypothetical question on whether the team would move quickly on hiring a new manager should it decide to fire Valentine.
"I'd always rather get the decision right rather than rush it," Cherington said. "But I think that what we know we need to do is hit the ground running in this offseason. One of the things, as I look back at last offseason, that didn't go perfectly was simply the amount of time that we spent on the manager search and what that did to the rest of the offseason. I would like to spend less time on it this offseason, that's for sure."