Re: Red Sox in
posted at 11/28/2012 6:56 PM EST
Let's look at a potential lineup. Say we get Swish and Napoli for 4 years, and Ross for 3. Not what I'd prefer, but I'd still be happy about it. I don't think it will happen, but I feel we could be competitive for a Wild Card spot if we made those moves.
Vs RHP: CF Ellsbury, 2B Pedroia, DH Ortiz, 1B Napoli, LF Swisher, 3B Middlebrooks, RF Ross, C Salty, SS Iglesias
Vs LHP: CF Ellsbury, 2B Pedroia, DH Ortiz, C Napoli, 1B Swisher, 3B Middlebrooks, RF Ross, LF Gomes, SS Iglesias
We can swing Lavarnway and others (i.e Morales, Kailish, etc) for a #2/3 pitcher, and I think we'd be pretty solid. This also leaves room for Bradley Jr (assuming Ellsbury walks) and Brentz (OF/DH platoon when Ortiz retires), who are the most projectable Minor Leaguers at the time. Swihart has a spot at Catcher over Salty when he is ready. So this could work well as a bridge to Swihart, Brentz, Bradley, Boegarts, and Cecchini in 2015-16, when they will all hopefully be ready. But there is time to fix that. If Boegarts can manage to stay at SS, we could be looking at this in Swish and Napoli's last year:
C: Swihart, 1B: Middlebrooks, 2B: Pedroia, 3B: Cechinni, SS: Boegarts, LF: Swisher, CF: Bradley, RF: Brentz, DH: Napoli.