Transactions make Sox look much different

Transactions make Sox look much different
August 1, 2014, 6:00 pm
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BOSTON - The dust has settled after a wild MLB trade deadline, and the Red Sox roster definitely looks a bit different.

Let's break it all down for you before the Sox open up their three-game series with the Yankees.

First off, Mike Carp is no longer with the team. Carp's desire to be traded didn't happen at the trade deadline, but he'll still get the opportunity to play more consistently on another team - just not here in Boston.

"Unfortunately he missed four weeks with a broken foot," manager John Farrell said. "In the role that he's very good at, in that platoon/bench role he didn't seem to get on track as much as he did a year ago. That was frustrating for him. And I know he had a strong desire to get more consistent at-bats which I can respect. And with the additions we've just gone through, those at-bats are going to become even more limited. So felt like it was a chance to give him an opportunity to seek situations that might be more advantageous to him elsewhere."

So Carp isn't here - but who is?

Allen Craig, who traded to the Sox yesterday along with Joe Kelly, is batting fifth and playing left field for the Sox Friday night. According to Farrell, that's where he'll stay - with Daniel Nava getting some time out there as well - although Farrell wouldn't go as far as saying it's a platoon situation.

Cespedes is going to be your right fielder. That's because of two reasons: 1. Shane Victorino hit the DL again, and it sounds like it could be a while (and really, he's got all the time in the world now...). 2. Cespedes' strong arm makes him a better candidate for right field than left field.

But Cespedes got into Boston late on Friday, and did not make the Sox starting lineup. He is available to enter the game though. Brock Holt will start in right field. In the future, Farrell sees Holt playing center field, shortstop, and third base. Holt has certainly earned the playing time and the spot at the top of the order.

Who's in center tonight? That would be Mookie Betts, who was called up earlier in the day with the left-handed Chris Capuano on the hill for the Yankees. Don't expect to see Betts here for the long haul though - it's most likely a matchup situation tonight. Garin Cecchini could be somebody that Farrell calls up in the very near future, with Betts being sent back down.

Old friend Will Middlebrooks has also been called back up to Boston, and will start at third base. Middlebrooks struggled this season in Boston and enters tonight with a .197 average with 2 home runs and 9 RBI. He'll get another chance to show he's righted his wrongs.

"I think we're all looking forward to it," Farrell said of Middlebrooks' return. "He's been able to get regular at-bats to get his timing down. Hopefully some of the injury bug that has followed him a little bit is behind him. And really an opportunity to take advantage of his skills. The opportunity is in front of him right now."

With Stephen Drew traded to the Yankees (and playing second base tonight), the shortstop position now belongs to Xander Bogaerts again. Perhaps that will help him at the plate a bit as well. It certainly can't hurt.

As for pitchers, Kelly was still on his way to Boston around 4pm. With Ranaudo pitching tonight, Kelly could take Ranaudo's spot in the rotation, with Ranaudo being sent back to Pawtucket.

Relievers Alex Wilson and Tommy Layne have also been called up by the Sox.

So with all the being said, here is tonight's Red Sox lineup:

1. Brock Holt, RF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Mike Napoli, 1B
5. Allen Craig, LF
6. Xander Bogaerts, SS
7. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
8. David Ross, C
9. Mookie Betts, CF

Anthony Ranaudo, RHP