Buster Olney: A strategic retreat for Red Sox?

November, 12, 2009
11/12/09
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(Editor's note: The following is excerpted from Buster Olney's blog Insider
. For Buster's complete analysis of the Red Sox offseason, check out the video below.)

The Boston Red Sox are trying to re-sign Jason Bay, and if they can't get that done, they might aim for Matt Holliday. But by AL East superpower standards, the Red Sox seem prepared to lay back this winter, and some rivals believe Boston is preparing for a big strike ... next winter.

"The free agent market is going to be a lot better, and they'll have David Ortiz and Mike Lowell coming off the books," said one high-ranking AL executive. "I think they'll be much more aggressive next year."

Among the guys who might hit the market: Joe Mauer, Carl Crawford, Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee.

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