In response to Soxdog67's comment:
I can only hope that Ben Cherington is not listening to most of this...other than adding Napoli to serve a 1B/DH/C role there has not been anything worth listening to here.
With their 1st draft pick protected, they can go and sign a top tier free agent, like Hamilton (which I do NOT advocate) if they desire, but I'd prefer they settle for just good hardnosed, non-superstar, type players and build a line-up with those.
Here are some names I'd be happy to see make it to Boston although none of them may be available:
- Mike Napoli
- Alex Gordon
- Carlos Gonzalez
- Andre Ethier (they should have targeted him instead of Loney in the big trade)
- Shin-Soo Choo
- Corey Hart
- Michael Morse
- Dan Haren
- Brandon McCarthy
- Josh Johnson
One or more batters and a starting pitcher from these added to the core group of:
- CF - Ellsbury (if not traded)
- 2B - Pedroia
- DH - Ortiz
- LF/RF - Ross (if signed)
- 3B - Middlebrooks
- SS- Iglesias (give the kid a full year and sacrifice offense from SS)
*NOTE: If they could get an Andrus from Texas I'd be ok with that too.
- C - Salty/Lavarnway
- New 1B
- New LF/RF
- Lackey (lets hope he returns strong)
- New Starter
Bullpen (from this group):
- Bard (Lets not totally give up on him just yet)
- Backup Catcher (from above)
- Loney (backup 1B and Defense)
- Left Handed hitting OF - Podsednik or Nava possibly.
yours isn't worth listening either... So you only want new #5 SP for next season? good thinking.. and not to mention you are carrying 15 pitchers...