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Monday, January 12, 2004
Four years added for president/CEO

Associated Press

BOSTON -- Boston Red Sox president and chief executive officer Larry Lucchino signed an extension to remain with the team through 2011, owner John Henry said Monday night.

The deal adds four years to Lucchino's contract.

"They said 'We'd like you to stay; we'd like you to stay for a long time,' " Lucchino said at the annual dinner of the Boston chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Henry's group bought the team two years ago amid questions about its lack of ties to the community. Henry is a former owner of the Florida Marlins and part-owner of the New York Yankees, and Lucchino had worked in Baltimore and San Diego and frequently is rumored to be a candidate for jobs in other cities.

"The management group is going to be here for a very long time," Henry said.