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It's already been reported that Drew will not be coming back to the Red Sox, as he's seeking a multi-year deal, and the Red Sox offer that to him (Bogaerts will/should be taking over at shortstop). My guess is Ellsbury won't be returning either, as he's represented by Scott Boras. It's been reported that Boras is seeking a Carl Crawford-like deal for Ellsbury, and there's a slim chance the Red Sox will be doing that again.
The Red Sox are said to be in negotiations to bring Salty back, the hold up being in the length of the contract. The Red Sox would like a 2 year deal, while Salty's seeking 3-4 years. The Red Sox don't seem to see Salty as a long-term catcher for the organization, with prospects Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart in their system.
If I had to put money on any of these four free agents coming back, I'd bet Napoli would be the one back next season. The Red Sox originally wanted to sign Napoli to a multi-year deal last year, but when questions surfaced about Napoli's hips holding up, it was reduced to a single-year deal. There have been reports that the Red Sox have extended a multi-year deal to Napoli, but those reports have been discredited (at this time).
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In other news:
- Ben Cherington was named Executive of the Year. He received 15 votes from a panel of 31 Major League executives. The last Red Sox GM to win the award was Dick O'Connell in 1975.
- Terry Francona beat out John Farrell for Manager of the Year (Farrell was second). There was some negative comments being made about Francona winning when Farrell took the Red Sox all the way to win the World Series. Personally, I think Francona did a fantastic job with the Indians, who weren't supposed to do well at all this season and made it to the Wild Card game.