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Cherington: Red Sox always looking to improve

BOSTON -- Stephen Drew, who helped the Red Sox win the World Series last season, continues to be a free agent. Could Boston rekindle its interest in Drew now that Will Middlebrooks is back on the disabled list?

"I think what I've said before I would say again. We have to evaluate every situation based on the information we have at that time," Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told "If information changes, then our position may evolve and change along with it. That doesn't mean we get every decision right, of course we don't. But every decision we make, every position we take, is based on the information we have at that time. That's led us to where we are now."

The Red Sox were just three games back in the American League East entering Sunday action.

"Right now, we know we're right in the middle of this division," Cherington said. "We know there are a lot of strengths on the team. We have a lot of depth, even before the 25-man roster that we might be able to count on maybe later in the year. We know we have position players that are going to hit more, because that's what they've always done.

"And we know we've got an area on the left side of the infield where we're missing a player, and where we haven't gotten the total performance that we would like to get at this point in the year. I think what all that means is that we'll continue to look at the information we have in front of us at the time and try to make decisions accordingly. There is always an interest in improving. The default position is always let's see how much we can get internally first, and then consider external alternatives after that."

Ian Browne is a reporter for Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne.
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