Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein looked relaxed at last night’s “Champions for Children’s” hospital benefit.
That won’t last long.
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With the 2009 season in its final days, things are about to get hectic.
“We’re really just in the planning stages [of the offseason], going through different scenarios, trying to get a feel for the market if we can,” Epstein said. “It’s a complicated landscape, between trade possibilities and the free-agent market.”
The latter looks all but certain to include left fielder Jason Bay. Re-signing him, Epstein said, would be a positive development.
“The fundamentals are in place, in that he really wants to be here and we’d love to have him,” the GM said. “But sometimes a player wants to go through the [free-agent] process.”
Starting pitcher Josh Beckett, meanwhile, is signed through the 2010 season.
At last night’s event to receive the hospital’s “Champion Award” for his charity work, the right-hander said he’s not too concerned with his future beyond next year. Boston, he said, “would be a fun place to play.”
“It’s kind of up to [the team], as far as what we talk about now,” Beckett said. “As of right now, I’m a Boston Red Sox for 2010, unless somebody tells me I’m not.”
As for what the roster will look like when ’10 rolls around, who knows?
“[Epstein] gets paid a lot of money to make those decisions,” Beckett said. “I’m glad I don’t have to make them. I hope he keeps us together and sees what we can do. We’ve definitely proven we play well together.”