According to reports last week, the Boston Red Sox were a possible trade destination for Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp. Boston manager John Farrell disputed the report on MLB Network Radio Monday from baseball’s Winter Meetings.

“I’d probably just shoot all that down immediately,” Farrell said. “And while we’ve had a number of calls on our starters, people on the outside might look in and say, ‘Well, there’s six establishes starters so is there a surplus there?’ We like them all. And it serves to reason why there’d be calls, because they’re talented and they have good track records.”

Farrell also commended the job general manager Ben Cherington has done for the Sox.

“I think the one thing Ben is extremely good at is not being emotional, and not being reactive to a certain set of conditions that might emerge,” Farrell explained. “You talk about the trade last year, some of the decisions in free agency that he’s shown some restraint, and a very clear-cut plan, not only on this year’s roster, but how we go forward.

“He’s got that duel responsibility of being as competitive as we can be right now, and make sure there’s a preservation of the health going forward,” Farrell continued, “and he’s doing a great job of balancing that out.”

MLB Network Radio will have coverage from baseball’s Winter Meetings this week. Hear from the channel’s team of experts on Sirius 209 and XM 89.

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