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Can Red Sox afford not to spend?

Team's approach this offseason could set course for years to come

Updated: November 17, 2009, 3:54 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

Before the opening game of the final series between the Red Sox and Yankees, Theo Epstein and I sat in the visitors dugout at Yankee Stadium, and a position of mine caught his attention.

I told him I felt a major reason for the Red Sox's success during his time as general manager stemmed from his and the John Henry ownership group's refusal to concede the accepted market advantages -- available free agents, international players, trade possibilities or adding payroll -- to the Yankees, while ...

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