First off sorry backup (not) bacup plan before someone jumps all over me
Lets start with Bogy, Bogy will be a star at some point and secure either the SS, or in my opinion possibly the 3B position. The only question is where and whether he stays clear of major injuries that could slow his process. I don't see Bogy playing the solid defense in his rookie year that Drew gave us but between he and Merrero they show give us some decent offense.
JBJ is another kid with a lot of talent who should gradually become a good hitter with speed and solid defense. The proble here is help in CF which at the moment lies on Victorino which is great if he can stay off the DL. After Victorino we have nobody capable in CF or who can replace Shane (long term) if he spends a lot of time on the DL. Carp is a horrible defender anywhere he plays and neither Nava or Gomes could man the corners on an every day basis. This leaves us with Brentz who I don't think will be any better than a platoon player. Hassan at the moment I feel is the only kid on the farm who could play against all pitching at some point but with less power. As far astrading fora backup? I have read reports where the Sox don't feel they can carry another OF at this point which tells me they will keep Dempster around as long as possible.
Then comes Middy who has had more major league experience than either Bogy or JBJ but has yet to show he can patiently or effectively handle major league pitching other than an occasional power spurt. If Middy does have a solid year there is a good chance he could finally become our every day 1B or remain at 3B. Checchini is right behind him but as I said before Garin has a lot better plate discipline but doesn't play 3B well. In my opinion the Sox should give Garin time at 1B next season to see how he does if he continues to struggle at 3B.
I think Middy's play and finding JBJ help are keys to any success we may have next season so here are a few of my suggestions before , or if things don't work out as planned.
... Dump Dempster ASAP to free up cash, replace him with Workman and get a solid back up in CF before the season begins?
... Give Hassan a good look in ST and if he plays well dump Carp?
... Pick up another CF/back up OF to help out
... Maybe try to swing a short term trade for a guy like Hanley who becomes a FA in 2015 and move Bogy to 3B?
... Trade for or a long term, 20mil a year guy like Tulo to solidify the SS position through 2020 while moving Bogy to 3B? We do have plenty of talent to satisfy the Rockies need without offering them a SS if they were willing to move Tulo. They have high hopes for the 21 year old SS Rosell Herrera in a couple of years and also have Josh Rutledge who can play 2B and SS.
... Hope Checcini's defense strengthens at 3B, or at the very least give Garin some playing time at 1B next season in the minors to see how he fairs.
... Trade for another good young young 3B or SS prospect?
... Trade for another short term vet to play 3B?
What our your suggestions everyone?