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McAdam: Ranking the likelihood of seven Red Sox free agents for return

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CARLSBAD, Calif. -- According to Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, all seven of the Red Sox eligible free agents have signaled a willingness to re-sign with the Red Sox.

Retaining all of them, of course, wouldn't be prudent. For one thing, the cost of doing so would be prohibitive, with the Red Sox already committed to approximately $200 million in salary obligations. For another, at least some roster turnover is a welcome thing, even for a team which won 108 games and has aspirations to become baseball's first back-to-back champion since the New York Yankees of 1998-2000.

With that in mind, here's a list of the players and their chances of returning to the Sox in 2019, ranked from most likely to least likely:

1. Steve Pearce