Bobby Valentine's future is uncertain, and comments made by Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington on Thursday won't soon silence speculation that 2012 will be the manager's only season in Boston.
In a radio interview with WEEI in Boston, Cherington went into detail about the time commitment.
"I'd always rather get the decision right than rush it," Cherington said. "But what we know we need to do is hit the ground running this offseason. One of the things that, as I look back on last offseason, that didn't go perfectly was simply the amount of time that we spent on the manager search and what that did to the rest of the offseason and I would like to spend less time on it this offseason, that's for sure."
Cherington, in his first season running the team's front office, clarified later in the day. He told ESPNBoston.com via email that his comments were meant as a hint of what's to come.
"I meant it in the most literal sense," Cherington wrote. "We've made it clear that we'll meet after the season (to make a decision on manager Bobby Valentine). One way or another, my hope is to spend less time on the matter than we did last offseason."