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Red Sox waiting, or done wading?

Ben Cherington's flurry of additions still lacks a centerpiece

Updated: December 7, 2012, 1:04 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- In past years, this would be done already.

The Red Sox would have decided that Josh Hamilton was the piece they absolutely wanted and would have struck an agreement. Or watched him sign with the Yankees.

This time, though, Red Sox owner John W. Henry gave GM Ben Cherington explicit instructions. Under no circumstances, Cherington was told, will we repeat the Carl Crawford exercise. You will offer Hamilton three years max, no more. If someone decides to give him more years ...

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