Originally posted on Fenway West  |  Last updated 11/9/12
Ben Cherington has his work cut out for him to put together a competitive team this offseason.  The manager is in place and so is most of the coaching staff; it was announced yesterday that Gary Tuck would remain as bullpen coach.  The team will interview Rick Schu for the hitting coach position today.  Now the focus turns to the players on the field. Cody Ross, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Jose Iglesias have been getting most of the recent press.  The Red Sox failed to sign Ross in the window where they had exclusive negotiating rights so now he is a free agent and he will test the open market making his return to Boston far from certain.  As for Ellsbury, the Red Sox have said they are not looking to trade him this offseason though his agent Scott Boras has said the team has not entered into any negotions to extend his contract.  Jose Iglesias appears to be the frontrunner to start at short next season, especially with Aviles gone. The biggest concern for the team is improving the start...
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