By next season, the Sox will add the following player: Cliff Lee, Kendrys Morales (1B), and Michael Morse (LF). In order to acquire these players, the Sox will be dealing off Jacoby Ellsbury, some bullpen depth, and some other undetermined players.
I’m not a big fan of getting Cliff Lee, given his age and contract (3 years $87.5mill or 4 years / $102mill). However, he does give the Sox some short term potential for a TOR starter. He is unlikely to be the starter everyone recognizwes him as, but still represents an upgrade for Boston, especially given the limited option in free agency. Philadelphia is really in no position to rebuild, given their large number of expensive and/or unmovable contracts (Halladay, Howard, Rollins, Papelbon, Hamels), but probably needs to shed some salary and work on their roster, since their window for another championship is being held open by Roy Halladay. Given that their best OF is Nate Schierholtz, they would probably be amenable to a swap for Ellsbury, but might prefer to leave room for Josh Hamilton, who has all the traits Ruben Amaro looks for in a free agent. Moving Lee does leave a hole in their pitching staff, but does llow them to get out of one of their monster contracts, and this one looks worse at time goes on because of the insane buyout money ($12.5mill!!!) invovled. Many fans might was prospects for Ellsbury, but given his free agency and agent status, as well as the bumper crop of CF available in free agency, and add a few others like Chris Young, Peter Bourjos and one of Revere/Span who also figure to be available in trade, it is not a seller's market.
Kendrys Morales is a potential non-tender candidate in LA, per MLBTR, and that’s not a surprising notion given their OF/1B/DH logjam and desire to bring back Torii Hunter. If Morales is available, a solid match might be Aceves, who is cheaper, and more important, not an outfielder or 1B. It does help that the Angels’ bullpen gave up more runs than ExLax and White Castle combined, so Aceves is a step towards addressing that situation.
The Nationals presumably have no problems with Morse, but if they bring back Adam LaRoche (as expected), he does get harder to fit into their lineup. They could continue to play Harper and/or Werth in CF and keep Morse in LF, but a leadoff CF type has to be on their radar (Ellsbury? Probably not). Early indications are they figure to make a play for Michael Bourn, but could also get involved in negotiations for the extremely underrated Angel Pagan. They also have been linked to Denard Span in the past. Or they might simply want minor leaguers, since they handed most of their farm system to Oakland last year in the Gio Gonzalez trade.
This does leave the Sox in need of a leadoff CF player, not that they will b hard to find this offseason. One suggestion rarely mentioned that I like is Will Venable, who is actually a pretty good hitter when he is not in Petco. The Padres certainly need a 2B and pitching help, and presumably no one who makes good money. Not sure how they feel about Aviles, DeJesus or Sweeney. If they overvalue Venable, the Sox could try a short term FA such as Pagan, Ichiro or Melky, or well, anyone. Ichiro is re-inventing himself during the ALCS, but Melky needs some serious positive PR and is a lot less likely. Scott Hairston might also prove a decent stopgap and has had a fairly underrated career. However, he strikes me as Cody Ross 2.0 in that he is best utilized on the short side of a platoon…