“I think we have to go into this offseason with the same general mindset: to build a roster as deep as we can,” he said. “The general philosophy would lead us toward a lot of the same things we were looking for last year.”
The oft-injured Ellsbury is expected to seek a long-term deal averaging $20 million or more. A year after missing more than half the season, he played in 134 games and batted .298 with nine homers, stealing 52 bases in 56 tries.
“Jacoby’s a terrific player, as everyone knows. Of course we know we’re a better team when he’s on the field than when he’s not,” Cherington said, adding that if they cannot sign him they would consider moving Victorino, who won a Gold Glove in left field, to center field and looking for a corner outfielder.
“That would be one possibility,” Cherington said. “We recognize how good he was in right field, and how valuable his defense was in right field. He’s capable of doing it.”
Napoli and Drew might accept the qualifying offer or use it as the basis for negotiations on a multiyear contract. Saltalamacchia, who made $4.5 million this year, could still re-sign with the team at a lower salary.
The Red Sox declined to make qualifying offers to infielder John McDonald and reliever Joel Hanrahan, who were not on the World Series roster. Also yesterday, the team said outfielder Quintin Berry and infielder Brandon Snyder were sent outright to Triple-A Pawtucket and became free agents.
Right-handers Andrew Bailey and Alex Wilson, outfielder Ryan Kalish and left-hander Andrew Miller were reinstated from the 60-day disabled list.
“The game doesn’t stop,” Farrell said. “The baseball calendar doesn’t stop just because we played to nearly Halloween.”
Complicating Napoli’s negotiations is a hip condition that prompted the team to back out of a $39 million, three-year deal that had been tentatively agreed to and instead sign him to a one-year contract for a guaranteed $5 million with performance bonuses — which he eventually earned — that brought him back to $13 million.