Let the games begin...
The Sox have a strong and deep roster and should be strong contenders this year barring major injuries or several minor ones. Spring training games have begun, so here's a look at some information to be discussed and debated. Please try to keep this thread about the Sox and baseball related to the Sox.
2014 Non-Roster Invitees:
Pitchers: Barnes, Celestino, Cordero, Ely, Hill, Hinojosa, Layne, Mijares, Owens, Ramirez, & Villareal
Infielders: Marrero, McCoy, Meneses, Shaw, & Snyder
Service Time: based on 172 days = 1 season (season. days) under 2 years
1.157 de la Rosa
Players with Options Remaining:
1 Nava, Middlebrooks, Tazawa, Britton, Lavarnway
2 Webster, de la Rosa, Bradley, Herrera, Wilson, Wright, Butler, Vazquez, Hassan
3 Bogaerts, Workman, Ranaudo, Cecchini, BrentzHolt
2014 depth chart: (I made a few minor adjustments from soxprospects.com):
Pierzynski, Ross, Lavarnway, Butler, Vazquez, Spring, Brenly, Hernandez, Swihart
Napoli, Carp, Snyder, T Shaw
Pedroia, Holt, McCoy, Dent, Betts, Coyle, W Rijo
Bogaerts, Herrera, Roof, Meneses, Marrero, Natoli, Vinicio, Lin
Middlebrooks, Rivero, Cecchini, Welch... Devers
Nava, Gomes, Vitek, Heller
Bradley, Sizemore, C Brown, S Cousins, Henry, Wilkerson, Ramos...Margot
Victorino, Hassan, Brentz, Linares, Hissey, Johnson, de la Cruz
Lester, Buchholz, Lackey, Peavy, Doubront, Capuano
Webster, Wright, J Ely, Ranaudo, Barnes, Owens, M Pena, Hinojosa
Johnson, L Diaz, Stroup, Cuevas, Augliera, Kukuk, Light...
S Gomez, Stankiewicz, Buttrey, Callahan, McGrath, Littrell, T Ball
de la Rosa, Workman, Britton, Couch, Hernandez, Kehrt, McCarthy
Quevedo, Kraus, Taveras, S Meredes
Uehara, Mujica, Tazawa, Breslow, Miller, Badenhop
Villarreal, R Hill, T Layne, Wilson, Mijares, Cordero, Resop, Watanabe
Valdez, N Ramirez, Celestino, Balcom-Miller, Kurcz, Ruiz, D Diaz, M Price
40 Man Roster and Luxury Tax Numbers:
$ 16.5M Lackey (then 1 year at league min)
$16M Napoli (1 year then FA)
$14.5M Peavy (then FA)
$ 13M Ortiz (then FA)
$13M Victorino (to ’15)
$13M Lester (then FA)
$8.25M AJ P (then FA)
$7.5M Buchholz (to ’15, then club options at $13M & $13.5M)
$5M Gomes (then FA)
$4.75M Mujica (to '15, then FA)
$4.25M Uehara (option is vested)
$3.125M Breslow ($4M club option in ’15 w. $0.1M buyout)
$3.1M Ross (then FA)
$2.15 Badenhop (then FA)
$1.9M Miller (then FA)
$1.3M Herrera (then 1 arb)
$1.275M Tazawa (then 2 arbs)
$0.75M Sizemore (+$1.25 Roster bonuses & 4M performance bones)
Doubront, Nava, Middlebrooks, Lavarnway, Snyder, Webster, Bradley, Bogaerts, Brentz, Britton, Butler, Ceccini, de la Rosa, Hassan, Holt, Vazquez, Wilson, Workman, Wright
Some big questions going into 2014:
1) Can we overcome the loss of Ellsbury, Salty, and Drew?
2) Can we rely on 3 young players in key roles (Bogey, Middy & Bradley)?
3) Can our health continue on the right track (similar to 2013)?
4) Can our staff continue the success of 2013?
5) Can our offense remain in the top 3?
6) Who will we draft in this year's strong & deep draft?
7) Which prospects will earn a shot this year & which will shine?
8) Can the vets repeat or improve on their 2014 numbers?
Feel free to discuss anything else related to the Red Sox, but again, let's try to keep the personal attacks to a bare minimum. Keep it real.
GO RED SOX !