Red Sox off-season wish list

Red Sox off-season wish list
October 7, 2012, 4:06 am
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The Baseball Show crew prioritizes what the Sox need to do to get back on a winning path.

While 2012 may have been the worst season in recent memory, the Red Sox are not as far away from contention as it may feel. The crew offers their keys to a successful off-season:

Dan Shaughnessy - Think outside the box and don't be afraid to make the unconventional move. No one is untouchable.

Sean McAdam - Get the managerial hire completed quickly. Trade Jacoby Ellsbury. Don't waste free agent money on big-name players like Josh Hamilton. Finally, don't look for the quick fix. Make the right decisions - the ones that position the franchise for long-term and sustainable success.

Lou Merloni - Don't be afraid to be boring. If the Sox are focused on impressing the fans, the media or anyone else, then they're not making the best baseball decisions. Make the smart decisions, not the flashy ones.

Bob Neumeier - The keys here read like a long grocery list: two above-average starting pitchers, a new shortstop, a first baseman, an outfielder, a couple guys who can mash the ball, and most importantly - high-character players.