BOSTON (AP) – With no general manager after the unexpected resignation of Theo Epstein, the Boston Red Sox are sending four of his aides to the annual general managers’ meetings in Indian Wells, Calif., next week.

Director of player development Ben Cherington, general manager assistant Jed Hoyer, special assistant to the general manager Craig Shipley and director of baseball operations Peter Woodfork will attend the weeklong session.

“Our baseball operations team is armed with an offseason plan and a list of priorities,” club president Larry Lucchino said. “Like 29 other clubs, they are heading to Palm Springs to listen and gather information for later in the winter, but make no mistake, they are also empowered to speak with other clubs and with agents and to consummate any deal they feel will be in the best interest of the Boston Red Sox.”

Traditionally, few trades are made at the meetings, but the work for future deals often is laid. The team’s representatives are also expected to meet with the agents of the team’s current free agents as well as other free agents on the market, Lucchino said.

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