In response to moonslav59's comment:
No, but he may make up for it with unprecedented speed from that position. I'm not sure how well he fields 3B, but if he is better than Middlebrooks, we may move Midds to 1B and Cecchini's power at 3B is less of a differential.
Name me one team that is looking for, or has every looked for speed from the 1B position? The answer is probably none.
Paul Goldschmidt (but I see your point). 1B who can run should play RF.
Would it be such a terrible thing to break a paradigm every now and then.
I realize the reasoning behind using 1B as your position of great power, but if Cecchini can hit 15-18 HRs, get a bunch of DBLs, and also steal 50 bases, is he really a downgrade from a .245 35 HR hulk at 1B?
Yes. RBI's are twice more correlated with power than they are w/ BA. Every year, Yankees finish somewhere in the 3-6 range for batting average, first in HRs , first in runs scored.
You cannot have enough power.
Now if you have a masher at 3B, LF, RF, you can get away w/ a high OBP, athletic, defensive 1b. However, the Red Sox, as currently constructed, do not have sufficient team power to get away with a 15 HR first baseman.
You really need 2 30 HR guys, and 3 other 20 HR guys (or elite pitching)