Maybe it's a pipe dream, but picture the same 2015 line-up w/ Pedroia (& possibly another piece (or multiple) such as Barnes or Middlebrooks or Buchholz) traded for a corner slugging RH outfielder, preferably RF. Betts takes over secondbase. Victorino, Nava and Holt battle it out for LF or RF depending on what corner OF is filled by THE trade. Holt becomes the super utility as he's done this year and is your first choice to start when the inevitable injuries occur. Cecchini converts to LF full time in Pawtucket. What happens to Middlebrooks, Doubront and Buchholz?Sprowl said:Along the lines of improving run differential without chasing increasingly scarce RH sluggers, I see the team's defense as another area of significant improvement. Although runs will be hard to come by, this is potentially a great defensive team:
For Starters ideally you have Lester, Lackey (another discussion), FA signing, De LA Rosa, and whichever top pitching prospect is ready among Ranaudo or Webster, whichever one loses the battle becomes part of your pitching depth while pitching as a starter in Pawtucket. Keep Doubront as a swing man for more depth perhaps? Owens and Johnson ideally are both a year behind.