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Boston is coming off its first last-place finish in two decades, a year when the Red Sox went 69-93 and lost 26 of their last 33 games. Manager Bobby Valentine was fired and replaced by John Farrell.

“You’ve got to add a lot of wins (from) where we finished to compete in this division,” Cherington said. “I think players and agents understand that despite what happened this year, Boston is Boston. We’re committed to having a winning team. We have a history of a winning team. We’re going to commit resources to the team.”

At last year’s session in Dallas, Cherington called the winter meetings a “cesspool of information flow and dialogue.”

“You go through the cycle once and you’re a little bit more comfortable with everything you have to do,” he said, “and maybe more aware of the potential pot holes and able to navigate those hopefully.”

But he did have some levity. Asked what player he was looking at to play right field, Cherington responded: “Dwight Evans.”

NOTES: 3B Pedro Ciriaco, who was playing in the Dominican Winter League, had right shoulder soreness checked out by the Red Sox, and Cherington said it was minor and he should be ready for spring training. … Boston agreed to minor league contracts with RHP Jose De La Torre, RHP Terry Doyle, OF Mitch Maier, utility man Drew Sutton and RHP Oscar Villarreal.

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