Now for the 13 position players. AJ and Ross catching, Papi, the DH, Napoli and Pedroia on the right side. Boegarts is sticking and it looks like Middlebrooks is going to be the third baseman for a while. That’s seven
Lets start with Victorino and say everything else is in flux. Not really, because Gomes and Nava aren’t going anywhere and they aren’t going to give away Carp. Two spots are left.
My thinking is that if Sizemore is 80% of the Grady Sizemore of old, he will be the starting CF on opening day. Even if Bradley is tearing it up. Herrera is the utility IF and unless they want to risk an in game injury, he’s probably there (he does have options though). That means Bradley goes to AAA and is the first guy up on an injury.
They could risk it and send Herrera down and keep Bradley. If Middlebrooks gets hurt in game, then Carp plays third. If Pedroia gets hurt, the Middlebrooks. If Boegarts gets hurt, then…….Pedroia. (he was a shortstop). Again we are talking about a few innings and then they can make a move if they have to. The problem for Bradley is that he would be on the bench and would be better served playing every day in Pawtucket
They could trade Carp or Nava or Gomes. Don’t want to see any of them go. Those are glue guys that may not be superstars, but the intangibles…..plus they all want to be here. The other problem with trading any of them, is inevitable injury. We all know that Victorino is not going to stop running into walls and as good as Sizemore can be…….My guess is that Brentz has shown enough this spring to warrant bing called up this year, as does Corey Brown, so they can weather it if one of the above is traded. If they trade anyone, I would say Carp.
They could extend Sizemore’s spring training, but that may not be the best move. If he is ready, just go for it. Grady Sizemore was Jacoby Ellsbury for two years before Ells showed. He was on his way to a great career. Imagine how he felt when he saw the money that Ellsbury got. Will he ever be that again? Probably not. But if he is even remotely close to the .300, 25, 90, 30 steals and two GG, then the Red Sox may have made a deal with the devil. And they won’t be paying 21 million for seven years. Got to find out what he can do.
What we do know is that they will maximize the roster and play whatever games it takes. They are really good with that.