Should Sox tread carefully in free agency?

October, 28, 2011
Boston Red Sox president Larry Lucchino on Friday said that while the team would never rule out signing free agents, it was approaching this offseason's class with "some skepticism" based on the lack of success it's had in that area the last few seasons.

"We are skeptical about free agency, given the recent experience we and so many other clubs have had," Lucchino said in an interview on Boston sports station WEEI. "But we will never turn off that possibility. You have to examine that every year. It's a major avenue that's available to clubs to improve their team. Just as you do with the amateur draft or important trades or international signings, you don't want to turn off any possibility."

At his introductory press conference, general manager Ben Cherington called the team's recent track record in free agency "not good enough" and said he would seek some "perhaps buy-low acquisitions" to bolser the pitching staff, which will be without at least two starters -- Lackey and Daisuke Matsuzaka (Tommy John surgery) -- when the 2012 season begins.

This season's free-agent class will likely include big-ticket players Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, C.J. Wilson, Jose Reyes, Jimmy Rollins and potentially CC Sabathia as well. Free agency will begin five days after the end of the World Series.

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