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Can the Sox Repeat?

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2005 Sox Will Have More Discipline

In this week's Sports Illustrated: In his story, "Now Comes the Hard Part," SI senior writer Tom Verducci looks beyond the championship and explores the difficult roster decisions ahead and, for once, the challenge to repeat. Verducci writes that re-signing Pedro Martinez and Derek Lowe may be the trickiest decisions, and quotes Theo Epstein, "As much as I'd like to bring all the buys back, you have to look at it objectively and make the tough decisions."

Verducci concludes his story by writing, "Before the last bottle of champagne had been emptied, the Red Sox began planning a World Series trophy tour. The team intends to cart the hardware not only around New England but also to other Red Sox Nation hot spots, such as a Santa Monica, Calif., bar where Red Sox fans convene, the team’s spring training complex in Fort Myers, Fla., and a training facility in the Dominican Republic. The Red Sox want to give their famously ­long-suffering fans (SI's words, not ours, hate that term) a chance to share the world championship in a tactile way, one that heightens the euphoria or even provides some physical proof that they were not dreaming last week. That feeling will never be exactly the same again, and neither will the Red Sox roster."

In a sidebar, Verducci gives his take on the off-season, including the courtship of Carlos Beltran, the shortstop roulette, and big-name (and big-money) trade talk.

This week's issue of SI hits newsstands today.

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Boston Globe:

Red Sox agree to deal with Pierzynski > Sox non-tender Bailey, Kalish > Sox face arbitration decisions

Boston Herald:

Sox set Bailey, Kalish free > Doug Fister dealt to Nats > White Sox agree to 1-year contract with C Flowers

ProJo:

Pierzynski reaches deal with Red Sox > Kalish, Bailey non-tendered > Mike Napoli still ideal at first base > Middlebrooks, Red Sox both looking for improvement

NY Post:

Cashman pessimistic on Yankees re-signing Cano > Report: A-Rod called PEDs 'Food'

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