In response to andrewmitch's comment:
In response to moonslav59's comment:
Moon - Look at your outfield. The team will stink again if that is what it is.
You only copied the first part of my post.
Scroll down and see how I suggested we sign a big OF bat at $22M/yr, give Bets a shot at CF and try Cecchini in LF.
who is the "big OF Bat at @ 22 mil/yr" ? the free agent list next year is pretty lame
Lester and Scherzer - that's the best of the best. Ideally, Sox would secure Lester now and make a play for Mad Max in November. Then they can turn to their farm to save money at other openings.
The best bats are HanRam (could play LF), Nelson Cruz and Michael Cuddyer.
Let's assume we keep Uehara and get a cheap serviceable ctacher, and then break the record book and sign 4 of the top 8 free agents (Cruz, JJ Hardy, Scherzer and Shields), which we could probably do and still stay under the luxury limit (or go over a little), we could see this team:
SP:Scherzer ($30M/yr FA), Shields ($23M FA), Lackey, 2 from: Buchholz, Doubront, Barnes, Ranaudo, Owens, de la Rosa, or Webster
RP: Uehara, Mujica, Tazawa, Workman, 3 from: SP not in rotation (see above), Britton, or A Wilson
C: Suzuki ($6M vet FA) & Vazquez or Butler (or Lava or Swihart)
1B: Napoli & Carp
3B: Bogaerts (SS?) & Middlebrooks or Cecchini
SS: JJ Hardy ($16M/yr FA) & Marrero , Herrera or Holt
LF: N Cruz ($22M/yr) & Cecchini, Nava, or
CF: JBJ & Betts
RF: Victorino (Cruz/JBJ) Hassan or H Ramos
If we can get Betts and Cecchini to not be major defensive liabilities in the OF and add Cruz, our OF could be pretty good, even if Vic is on the DL for half of 2015.
Our line-up could be:
6) Victorino or Betts/ Cecchini
I seriously doubt we sign all these guys. Heck, we may not sign even one of them, but we have about $100M to spend and still stay under the limit, so we could on paper.