General manager Ben Cherington tip-toed around a question Monday about whether the Red Sox -- now flush with cash after unloading more than $260 million over the weekend -- would be players for top free agent Josh Hamilton.
In an interview on Boston sports radio station WEEI, he seemed to signal the team would be open to signing a big-ticket slugger like Hamilton while reiterating the mantra that the Sox would be more disciplined about spending.
“We have to look at anything,” he said Monday morning when asked whether he’d be interested in a player with Hamilton’s pedigree and price tag. "Yes, we’ve had several conversations, we have some ideas, guys that we think might be available, either through free agency -- and those are the guys you know are going to be available -- or in trades -- guys you think might be available in trades. ... Obviously this trade changes to some extent the types of opportunities we could pursue.
“The fact is we gave up a fair amount of offense in this deal and we have to find a way to replace that offense. We may need to try to do it over more than one position rather than just acquire one guy.”
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