Brian Hines (@BringLesterBack)
The Red Sox have been big spenders this offseason, bringing in two players for nearly $200 million dollars. Hanley Ramirez signed a 4 year $88 million dollar deal with a 5th year option, as Pablo Sandoval inked a 5 year $95 million dollar deal along with a 6th year option. The Sox addressed their offensive needs by going out, spending big and acquiring the two best hitters in this years free agent class. But what happens now? Who else do they sign, who gets traded, who plays where? These are the questions we're dying to find answers for. Lets take a look at some Red Sox predictions for the rest of free agency.
1. Jon Lester resigns with Red Sox
2. Hanley Ramirez plays LF, and does it well
3. Yoenis Cespedes gets traded for a starting pitcher
4. Napoli gets traded, Craig takes over first
5. Hanley, Mookie and Castillo win the outfield
The stack outfield will lead to a competitive competition for the three jobs. If Hanley can learn LF he'll easily be cemented in as the LF. But CF and RF are the big questions. The options are Betts, Castillo, Bradley, Nava and Victorino. I think Castillo easily wins the CF position. He was given a good chunk of change to come here and is a very gifted player. That leaves RF as the biggest question. I think with Mookie's strong performance to end his season last year will win him the job. also that he's the perfect leadoff hitter for this team. I think Nava will hang around as a valuable lefty bat to give a guy a day off here and there. Victorino is someone else who is valuable. An experienced veteran can provide a lot to this young outfield. Victorino could split time with Mookie and Rusney as Victorino has mastered how to play the Pesky Pole in right field. That just leaves Bradley. Bradley could be an add on in a trade because of his great defense. His offense has been pitiful so if not traded, he'll most likely spend the season down in Pawtucket.
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Brian Hines 11/26/2014 12:19:00 PM Tweet