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Different approach from Red Sox?

Updated: December 5, 2011, 1:30 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

DALLAS -- A year ago at this time, Terry Francona was making recruiting trips to lobby free agents Jayson Werth and Carl Crawford, his efforts rewarded when Crawford signed with the Red Sox.

This past weekend, Francona's successor, Bobby Valentine, headed for the Dominican Republic the day after he was announced as the team's new manager to make nice with David Ortiz, a trip you don't make unless you are committed to keeping Big Papi in place.

How the managers were deployed ...

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