"It takes two to tango, so I can't be certain," he said
Sixteen players on the World Series champions became free
agents, among them pitcher Derek Lowe and shortstop Orlando
Cabrera, and only one has agreed to a new deal, outfielder Gabe
Kapler with the Yomiuri Giants.
As general manager Theo Epstein and his staff examine the
market, the Red Sox already have met with pitcher Carl Pavano, who
also plans to meet with Detroit, the New York Yankees, Baltimore,
Seattle and Anaheim.
"You have to operate on all cylinders," Lucchino said. "That
means you have to focus on your own while you still have an eye on
Agent Scott Boras has said he's asked for a five-year contract
for Varitek, believed to be worth $50 million to $55 million, and a
"I'm confident that we're doing what we can to get deals done
with our free agents," Lucchino said. "It takes two parties to
agree, so I can't express complete confidence."
He does know that there will be several roster changes.
"Change is inevitable every year and change can be beneficial
every year," he said. "When you win and when you don't win, there
needs to be some turnover, and there will be. Teams that repeat,
teams that stay competitive, don't stand pat."