Red Sox Off-Season Moves

Ben Cherington and the Red Sox have made it a point to not sign any players to deals longer than three years this off-season, even if it means they have to spend a little more money. Here is a look at their off-season moves so far. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Boston Red Sox Off-Season Moves Ben Cherington and the Red Sox have made it a point to not sign any players to deals longer than three years this off-season, even if it means they have to spend a little more money. Here is a look at their off-season moves so far. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Cherington kicked off the off-season by signing one of the Red Sox’ own, giving DH David Ortiz a two-year, $26 million extension in November. Ortiz is coming off a season in which he hit .318 with 23 home runs and 60 RBIs, but missed 71 of the last 72 games due to an Achilles injury. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
DH David Ortiz Cherington kicked off the off-season by signing one of the Red Sox’ own, giving DH David Ortiz a two-year, $26 million extension in November. Ortiz is coming off a season in which he hit .318 with 23 home runs and 60 RBIs, but missed 71 of the last 72 games due to an Achilles injury. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Cherington inked 32-year-old outfielder Jonny Gomes two a two-year, $10-million deal. Gomes hit .262 with 18 homers and 47 RBIs for the Oakland Athletics in 2012, and is a career .244 hitter over his nine-year career. If the Red Sox do not re-sign Cody Ross, Gomes figures to be Boston’s starting left fielder this season. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
OF Jonny Gomes Cherington inked 32-year-old outfielder Jonny Gomes two a two-year, $10-million deal. Gomes hit .262 with 18 homers and 47 RBIs for the Oakland Athletics in 2012, and is a career .244 hitter over his nine-year career. If the Red Sox do not re-sign Cody Ross, Gomes figures to be Boston’s starting left fielder this season. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
It wasn't the Ross most Red Sox fans expected, but Cherington added a veteran backstop in David Ross. With three catchers on the 40-man roster (and potentially a fourth), another move is likely involving either Jarrod Saltalamacchia or Ryan Lavarnway. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
C David Ross It wasn't the Ross most Red Sox fans expected, but Cherington added a veteran backstop in David Ross. With three catchers on the 40-man roster (and potentially a fourth), another move is likely involving either Jarrod Saltalamacchia or Ryan Lavarnway. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
It was thought the Red Sox got the big bat they were looking for when they reportedly inked Napoli to a three-year, $39-million deal during the winter meetings, but recent reports have stated injury concerns could put the deal in jeopardy. Boston has long coveted Napoli, who hit 24 homers and drove in 56 runs for Texas in 108 games in 2012. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
C/1B Mike Napoli (???) It was thought the Red Sox got the big bat they were looking for when they reportedly inked Napoli to a three-year, $39-million deal during the winter meetings, but recent reports have stated injury concerns could put the deal in jeopardy. Boston has long coveted Napoli, who hit 24 homers and drove in 56 runs for Texas in 108 games in 2012. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
Boston inked Shane Victorino to a three-year, $39-million deal to be their right fielder for 2012, and potentially take over in center if they opt to deal Jacoby Ellsbury. Victorino has three gold gloves to his name, and hit .255 with 11 home runs and 55 RBIs between the Phillies and Dodgers last season.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
OF Shane Victorino Boston inked Shane Victorino to a three-year, $39-million deal to be their right fielder for 2012, and potentially take over in center if they opt to deal Jacoby Ellsbury. Victorino has three gold gloves to his name, and hit .255 with 11 home runs and 55 RBIs between the Phillies and Dodgers last season. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Boston signed the 35-year-old starter to a two-year, $26.5 million deal to help bolster their starting rotation. Dempster got his first taste of the AL with the Texas Rangers last season, going 7-3 with a 5.09 ERA after being acquired from the Chicago Cubs at the trade deadline. For his 14-year career, Dempster is 124-124 with a 4.33 ERA. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SP Ryan Dempster Boston signed the 35-year-old starter to a two-year, $26.5 million deal to help bolster their starting rotation. Dempster got his first taste of the AL with the Texas Rangers last season, going 7-3 with a 5.09 ERA after being acquired from the Chicago Cubs at the trade deadline. For his 14-year career, Dempster is 124-124 with a 4.33 ERA. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Boston added one of the best available arms to their bullpen this offseason in 37-year-old Koji Uehara. The righty was one of the best relievers in baseball for the Rangers in 2012, striking out 43 while walking just three over 36 innings. Want even more good numbers? How does a 1.75 ERA, 0.64 WHIP and a .160 batting average against sound? (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
RP Koji Uehara Boston added one of the best available arms to their bullpen this offseason in 37-year-old Koji Uehara. The righty was one of the best relievers in baseball for the Rangers in 2012, striking out 43 while walking just three over 36 innings. Want even more good numbers? How does a 1.75 ERA, 0.64 WHIP and a .160 batting average against sound? (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
While the Red Sox wait for Jose Iglesias and/or Xander Bogaerts to mold into an every-day shortstop, Cherington went out and signed six-year veteran Stephen Drew as a stop gap. The Sox gave Drew a one-year, $9.5 million deal according to a report, despite his track record of injuries and underwhelming play. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SS Stephen Drew While the Red Sox wait for Jose Iglesias and/or Xander Bogaerts to mold into an every-day shortstop, Cherington went out and signed six-year veteran Stephen Drew as a stop gap. The Sox gave Drew a one-year, $9.5 million deal according to a report, despite his track record of injuries and underwhelming play. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
The Red Sox traded for Pittsburgh Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan in late December, and immediately named him their ninth-inning man. Boston sent right-handed pitchers Mark Melancon and Stolmy Pimentel, infielder Ivan De Jesus, and first baseman/outfielder Jerry Sands to Pittsburgh for Hanrahan and infielder Brock Holt. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
CL Joel Hanrahan The Red Sox traded for Pittsburgh Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan in late December, and immediately named him their ninth-inning man. Boston sent right-handed pitchers Mark Melancon and Stolmy Pimentel, infielder Ivan De Jesus, and first baseman/outfielder Jerry Sands to Pittsburgh for Hanrahan and infielder Brock Holt. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
It’s been a busy off-season for reliever Sandy Rosario. He’s been claimed off waivers by the Red Sox twice, only to be shipped elsewhere each time. He was first claimed from the Miami Marlins in October, designated for assignment on November 20, and sent to the Oakland A’s a week later. He was then claimed off waivers by Boston on December 10, only to be claimed by the Chicago Cubs two days later. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
RP Sandy Rosario It’s been a busy off-season for reliever Sandy Rosario. He’s been claimed off waivers by the Red Sox twice, only to be shipped elsewhere each time. He was first claimed from the Miami Marlins in October, designated for assignment on November 20, and sent to the Oakland A’s a week later. He was then claimed off waivers by Boston on December 10, only to be claimed by the Chicago Cubs two days later. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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