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Red Sox Ownership Speaks: Team Has 'Financial Room' To Add Players At Trade Deadline

Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino, Chairmen Tom Werner, and Principal Owner John Henry met with the Boston Media at Fort Myers Saturday for a short amount time to discuss the team's offseason as well as other topics during the team's first official workout.

One of the topics that intrigued a Hot Stove crazed person such as myself was that Lucchino indicated to the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo that, if needed, the Red Sox have the financial stability to add players at the Trade Deadline.  Most would expect that, should such a need exist come July, it would be at catcher, where young Jarrod Saltalamacchia mans the fort.  The team could also target relief pitching, if Jonathan Papelbon doesn't rebound from last season. 

Here are some other notes that the three men we refer to as "the ownership" touched on today (through Peter Abraham):

  • Henry stated that he really has no idea how much longer Red Sox GM Theo Epstein is under contract.  And while Epstein has obviously done a good job this winter, there have been no talks of an extension.
  • Lucchino added that while there have been rumors of possibly building a new ballpark, engineers have told ownership that Fenway Park still has 40-to-50 years of use left.  While the park has been in service for 97 years, ownership has invested a total of $285 million dollars to renevate one of baseball's oldest stadiums.
  • Werner would like to bring their soccer team, Liverpool FC to Fenway Park sometime in the upcoming years.  The team is also open to going over to Europe for a few games.  If you remember, the Red Sox played a series in Japan not too far back in time.
  • Werner added that the Red Sox have 16 All-Stars on their team, and that the three are very "excited" to see how the team will perform when they actually begin playing games.