4. Ryan Lavarnway will make a significant contribution:
In Year One of the post-Tek era, Jarrod Saltamacchia has shown genuine signs of being the long-term answer behind the plate, with 17 home runs in just 249 plate appearances, a .513 slugging percentage, and a number of important hits. But he also has his obvious flaws – he’s whiffed 72 times, has just a .285 on-base percentage, and has struggled lately, with a .208 average in June and just two hits in 25 at-bats this month. He wore down last year with less playing time. With the promising Lavarnway raking in Pawtucket (.858 OPS), the Sox will deal backup Kelly Shoppach and bring him up.