Ben Cherington Says Red Sox Prospects Should Enter Big Leagues Under Radar, Without Pressure (Video)

Almost a year ago, the Red Sox named Bobby Valentine as their manager for 2012. Now that Valentine has been fired and John Farrell has been at the helm of the Red Sox for over a month, the focus can turn from the man calling the shots to the men on the field.

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington will have a tall task at hand, as he and the other 30 general managers from around the league get together for the MLB Winter Meetings this week in Nashville. The Sox made an early splash by reportedly signing Mike Napoli to a three-year deal, and now turn their attention elsewhere.

The Boston farm system contains plenty of players eager to make an impact for the Sox in 2013, but Cherington may have different plans for those young guns. Cherington says he expects top prospects like Bryce Brentz and Jackie Bradley Jr. to start the season down in the minors.

Check out the video above from Monday’s Red Sox Now to hear Cherington’s idea for a youth movement in Boston, and how different it was a year ago in his first season as Red Sox GM. He’s accompanied by hosts Tom Caron and Peter Gammons.

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