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For Sox, bringing back Ross coming down to cost

BOSTON -- The Red Sox still want Cody Ross, even with Jonny Gomes in the fold. It's a matter of cost.

"There's things we'd like to do and a price you'd like to pay," Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Saturday. "We're still working through that, working through the different options and who the right fits are relative to the price it's going to take to get them."

It's possible, even, that the Sox could go for two more outfielders. But adding one more seems a guarantee at some point. Gomes' two-year, $10 million deal with Boston became official Saturday, when Cherington and Sox players were out at Fenway Park for a Christmas celebration. Gomes slots into left field, but not on an everyday basis, and that still leaves questions in right field.

"We'd certainly like to add one [outfielder]," Cherington said. "We wouldn't rule out more than that. We'd like to add another outfielder, and after that we'll see what's available."

Red Sox president Larry Lucchino said this week in an interview with WEEI that Ross and Gomes have "a similarity, to be sure," with swings that fit Fenway well. But Lucchino also said the team wants depth to combat injuries that inevitably show up.

Cherington said Saturday conversations with Ross' camp have been consistent, and that from the team's perspective, the outfield market hasn't shifted in a way that's changed the approach.

"We've talked to [Ross], we've talked to his agent several times," Cherington said. "We're keeping the door open to dialogue. I'm sure he's talking to other teams as well. We'll keep talking and see where things end up."

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