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The Red Sox’ new-found model of limiting the length of contracts and picking good-value players won Ben Cherington a World Series and the award for executive of the year last month. That was a no-brainer for a general manager who may have had one of the best single seasons a GM has ever had.
Now comes the year after.
The Red Sox model has already been tested and it’s already weeded out players Boston had some interest in, including Brian McCann, who signed for five years with a sixth-year option with the Yankees, and Carlos Ruiz, who signed a two-year contract (with an option) with the Phillies. We’ll see whether Carlos Beltran, another target, will opt for more years with another team.