Offseason of change: expected roster changes
It's tempting isn't it to overturn the whole Red Sox roster and start from scratch. But let's be more realistic the team that's seven players eligible for free agency and only two absolutely worked retaining. DH David Ortiz and outfielder Cody Ross fourteen is is more valuable to the Sox than ever in the depleted lineup. And -- while not an all star is a nice complementary player. -- left handed pitching and it's a good presence in the clubhouse. Swing and I'm -- moment. And. Five other free agents to be should be on their way. Pitchers Daisuke Matsuzaka. Aaron -- and Vicente Padilla. First baseman James Loney and outfielders -- the sad -- case could be made that Padilla might still have some value in the bullpen. Twelve players will be eligible for salary arbitration. But one should be non tendered outfielder Ryan Sweeney. And not because he punched the wall and missed the final two months of the season. But because he had 219. Plate appearances without a home run. And because at more than two million coming to him and arbitration. He'll be too expensive for a fourth outfielder.
The Red Sox are in need of several changes and there is no better place to start than with the players themselves