**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**

**Catchers: Swihart**

**Infielders: Marrero, McCoy, Meneses, Shaw, & Snyder **

**Outfield: Brown**

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**Service Time: based on 172 days = 1 season (season. days) under 2 years**

**1.157 de la Rosa**

**1.118 Middlebrooks**

**1.040 Lavarnway**

**0.078 Holt**

**0.077 Britton**

**0.056 Bradley**

**0.051 Workman**

**0.043 Webster**

**0.041 Bogaerts**

**0.030 Wright**

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**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**

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**2014 depth chart: (I made a few minor adjustments from soxprospects.com):**

**Catcher:**

**Pierzynski, Ross, Lavarnway, Butler, Vazquez, Spring, Brenly, Hernandez, Swihart**

**First base:**

**Napoli, Carp, Snyder, T Shaw**

**Second base:**

**Pedroia, Holt, McCoy, Dent, Betts, Coyle, W Rijo**

**Shortstop:**

**Bogaerts, Herrera, Roof, Meneses, Marrero, Natoli, Vinicio, Lin**

**Third base:**

**Middlebrooks, Rivero, Cecchini, Welch... Devers**

**Left Field:**

**Nava, Gomes, Vitek, Heller**

**Center Field:**

**Bradley, Sizemore, C Brown, S Cousins, Henry, Wilkerson, Ramos...Margot**

**Right Field:**

**Victorino, Hassan, Brentz, Linares, Hissey, Johnson, de la Cruz**

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**Staring Pitcher:**

**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**

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**Swing Men:**

**de la Rosa, Workman, Britton, Couch, Hernandez, Kehrt, McCarthy**

**Quevedo, Kraus, Taveras, S Meredes**

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**Relief Pitcher:**

**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**

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** 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)**

**$13.75M Pedroia**

**$ 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)**

**$2.25M Capuano (then FA)**

**$2.15 Badenhop (then FA)**

**$1.9M Miller (then FA)**

**$1.4M Carp**

**$1.3M Herrera (then 1 arb)**

**$1.275M Tazawa (then 2 arbs)**

**$0.75M Sizemore (+$1.25 Roster bonuses & 4M performance bones)**

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**Sub TOTAL: ~$148M **

**Estimated Pre-Arb Player Total: $12M**

**Doubront, Nava, Middlebrooks, Lavarnway, Snyder, Webster, Bradley, Bogaerts, Brentz, Britton, Butler, Ceccini, de la Rosa, Hassan, Holt, Vazquez, Wilson, Workman, Wright**

**Total Estimated 2014 Red Sox Payroll Budget:****$160M**** **

**Add the player pension fee of about $10.8M and the $3.9M payment to the Dodgers... **

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**Total Luxury Limit Budget for 2014: ~$175M**

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**This leaves about $14M to spend and still be below the**** **

**limit,****assuming Sizemore and others do not reach their**

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**bonus ****qualifications.**

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**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?**

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**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.**

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**GO RED SOX !**