Red Sox RF had a 299 OBP, 353 SLG last year; I'd expect improvement this year. Sweeney has little power, but can get on base and play the field. Not really sure what to expect from Ellsbury; but Pedroia and Gonzalez have had similar production for ~4 years, I'd expect more of the same although injury always a risk. hard to see back of rotation being worse. even if they play as they did last year, should be a 93-95 win team. My biggest concern now is positional depth, and obviously SS. ugh.
A real salary dump trade for the Sox. An aging (though average production) player and his salary unloaded to Colorado gives them a little bit of flexibility. They can now afford to take on Marlon Byrd in a Theo compensation trade. His expiring $6.5 million deal is now affordable. He would get lots of at bats as Crawford insurance before settling in as Sweeney's platoon partner and backup outfielder capable of defensively playing all 3 positions and balancing that lefty lineup. If true (to the extent it isn't trade hype), this report should make Byrd a decent candidate for a comeback season:
I advocated to bring back Bill Hall a while ago and, with Scutaro gone, he might fit in as another utility infielder who can truly step in should they inevitably face injuries in their now thin infield. To me, their lineup and bench are thinner than expected. Like Byrd and he Sox bench, Hall might be thinner than expected too:
Oswalt might still be too much of an injury risk unless his price drops further to at or below Scutaro's salary. Floyd might cost too much in terms of prospects and is just too expensive without another salary dump.
Edited by The Boomer, 21 January 2012 - 08:44 PM.