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Sunday, December 2, 2012

What the Red Sox Need for a Sucessful 2013

By Joel McAuliffe

The Winter Meeting's are upon us and with the baseball world gathered under one roof in Nashville, this week is poised to be a busy one for teams looking to build the right roster for next season.

Many people assume 2013 will be a wash for the Red Sox. Marred by a tumultuous 2012 that lead to a 93-loss season, fans have all but accepted the next season will be another "bridge" year for the team that has not made the postseason since 2008.

Many believe the Red Sox need too many pieces to contend in 2013, but with an influx of cash from July's Dodgers trade that shipped Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, and Carl Crawford to Los Angeles, the pieces they need are much easier to acquire.

Theo Epstein's first World Series championship team features a blue-print for what Ben Cherington and company need to do to return Boston to it's rightful place atop the AL East. The question is, will the go the necessary contract length to land Josh Hamilton. We might have an idea by the end of the week.

2013 Projection
1. CF Johnny Damon
1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
2. 2B Mark Bellhorn
2. 2B Dustin Pedrioa
3. DH David Ortiz
3. DH David Ortiz
4. LF Manny Ramirez
4. LF Josh Hamiltion
5. 1B Kevin Millar
5. 3B Will Middlebrooks
6. C   Jason Varitek
6. 1B Mike Napoli
7. RF Trot Nixon
7. RF Cody Ross
8. SS Orlando Cabera
8.  C Ryan Lavarnway
9. 3B Bill Mueller
9. SS Jose Iglesias

1. Pedro Martinez
1. NEED a #1
2. Curt Schilling
2. Jon Lester
3. Derek Lowe
3. Anibal Sanchez
4. Tim Wakefield
4. Clay Buchholz
5. Bronson Arroyo
5. John Lackey

CL: Keith Foulke
CL: Andrew Bailey

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