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07:25 AM ET 11.07 | Red Sox manager John Farrell stuck with shortstop Stephen Drew throughout the playoffs in a move -- or non-move -- that worked out just fine in the end. "[Drew's] a darn good shortstop. He had a very strong year for us. He's a left-handed hitter. Otherwise, we would have an entire right-handed hitting infield, which creates further balance in the lineup going forward," said Farrell. "I can't sit here today and say that he's going to be back here. Personally, I'm hopeful he's back. ... I would hope that we'd be able to bring all four of the [team's primary free agents (Drew, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Mike Napoli and Jacoby Ellsbury)] back, but that's probably unlikely because of free agency and the way that salaries will escalate."

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November 7, 2013  08:26 AM ET

I'd be shocked if Ellsbury was still with the Sox.

November 7, 2013  08:37 AM ET

It's going to be an interesting offseason for the World Champions.

November 7, 2013  08:42 AM ET

The Sox can afford to carry this guy in the line-up! !!

November 7, 2013  08:44 AM ET

The Sox can afford to carry him on the line-up!

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November 7, 2013  09:13 AM ET

Salty and Ells will be gone. Drew and Napoli will be back.

November 7, 2013  09:17 AM ET

The Sox can afford to pay Drew for just his glove only and that is the reason he will be back in Boston next year.

November 7, 2013  09:25 AM ET
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The Sox can afford to pay Drew for just his glove only and that is the reason he will be back in Boston next year.

He was outstanding defensively this year.

November 7, 2013  09:54 AM ET
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Salty and Ells will be gone. Drew and Napoli will be back.

I think they'll bring Salty back. He was a workhorse this year and good catchers are hard to find. Ellsbury has Boras and so we already know how that'll go.

November 7, 2013  10:02 AM ET
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Salty and Ells will be gone. Drew and Napoli will be back.

I think you will be right.

November 7, 2013  10:04 AM ET
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I'd be shocked if Ellsbury was still with the Sox.

Ellsbury will be a interesting watch. I know there are a lot of teams out there who will want him, and rightfully so. But how much will they be willing to pay for a leadoff guy with limited power, who just turned 30? Throw in the fact that any team who signs him will forfeit their 1st round draft pick. He may be one of those guys still looking for a team in January.

He could fall right back to the Red Sox.

November 7, 2013  10:07 AM ET
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He was outstanding defensively this year.

his offense wasn't horrible in the regular season
the postseason on the other hand was craptastic

November 7, 2013  10:11 AM ET
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his offense wasn't horrible in the regular seasonthe postseason on the other hand was craptastic

True, but Boras said he went to the eye doctor, so he's ready to play at a HOF level now.

November 7, 2013  10:11 AM ET
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The Sox can afford to pay Drew for just his glove only and that is the reason he will be back in Boston next year.

Drew hit fine last year, too...he slugged .443, higher than Pedroia (who was obviously nursing an injured thumb), and his OBP was decent at .333. His OPS+ was 111, very nice for a SS when 100 represent the average hitter not considering position. Drew also had 50 XBHs despite missing about a quarter of the schedule.

November 7, 2013  10:12 AM ET
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True, but Boras said he went to the eye doctor, so he's ready to play at a HOF level now.

Boras had him get the "Minority Report" treatment with eyes stolen from Ted Williams' frozen head.

November 7, 2013  10:13 AM ET
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The Sox can afford to pay Drew for just his glove only and that is the reason he will be back in Boston next year.

They also probably prefer Boegarts at third, use Middlebrooks for trade purposes.

November 7, 2013  10:13 AM ET
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Ellsbury will be a interesting watch. I know there are a lot of teams out there who will want him, and rightfully so. But how much will they be willing to pay for a leadoff guy with limited power, who just turned 30? Throw in the fact that any team who signs him will forfeit their 1st round draft pick. He may be one of those guys still looking for a team in January. He could fall right back to the Red Sox.

Two of the big money teams - Dodgers and Angels - don't need him. I'm not sure if there's all that many teams looking for a CF that leads off.

November 7, 2013  10:14 AM ET
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Ellsbury will be a interesting watch. I know there are a lot of teams out there who will want him, and rightfully so. But how much will they be willing to pay for a leadoff guy with limited power, who just turned 30? Throw in the fact that any team who signs him will forfeit their 1st round draft pick. He may be one of those guys still looking for a team in January. He could fall right back to the Red Sox.

Ells is a great marketing tool for the Bosox, whether he's hurt or not you see gobs of young ladies wearing his jersey everywhere in the Boston area.

 
November 7, 2013  10:16 AM ET
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Two of the big money teams - Dodgers and Angels - don't need him. I'm not sure if there's all that many teams looking for a CF that leads off.

I'm thinking Mariners, Mets, Cubs, Rangers and if they lose Beltran, Cards.

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