Ben Cherington

Ben Cherington believes Red Sox are done building this winter

John Tomase
February 05, 2015 - 4:41 pm

Ben Cherington has built his team, and he's ready to take it to spring training. Speaking on a conference call Thursday after signing left-hander Wade Miley to a three-year deal, $19.25 million deal with an option for 2018, Cherington said he believes roster construction is complete. "I would expect the group we have for spring training is in place and I would be surprised if there were any additions," Cherington said. "I couldn'€™t completely rule out a non-roster deal with someone, but we feel good about where we are with our position player and pitching group, so this is probably the group you'€™ll see when we take the field in Fort Myers." While anything is possible, of course, Cherington seemingly ruled out making a run at a free agent like right-hander James Shields, who remains available, or swinging a blockbuster trade for a starter like Philadelphia's Cole Hamels or Washington's Jordan Zimmermann. In the meantime, he shared his excitement at getting Miley signed to a deal that buys out his arbitration years and locks in the promising left-hander. "You're trying to find that sweet spot where it feels fair to the team, fair to Wade, and I think we were able to do that," Cherington said. "Most importantly, we're just looking forward to Wade being a part of our rotation. The contract gives him some security and gives us what we think is a good pitcher on a fair contract."