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Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price throws to the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a spring training baseball game in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Boston Red Sox Roster Predictions For The 2017 MLB Season

The Boston Red Sox roster is entering its first season since 2002 that the name David Ortiz will not appear on the 40-man-roster. Despite that fact Red Sox fans should not worry, there is a team in place for the 2017 season that can compete with the best in the entire league despite the absence of Ortiz.

This is a roster that is packed with talented players, MVP types, Cy Young types, and gold glove players stashed at what seems to be at every position on the field. What about prospects you might ask? Well that isn’t really an area where this years club excels in with the majority of their talented young players either already on the major league club or being shipped out via trade by Team President Dave Dombrowski.

The biggest questions with this team lies in what they can expect out of their trio of aces, who in the lineup will help fill the void of Ortiz, and can John Farrell and this squad compete in the playoffs with a pitching staff that has had little to no success in postseason play.

Over the next several slides I will break down every area of the Red Sox roster with some predictions in terms of roles and potential production, then towards the end will be a prospects section and a prediction for the overall team and the future of the franchise.

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Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Red Sox Manager Contestants Stepping Right Up

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On Wednesday the Boston Red Sox fired field manager John Farrell. With the departure of Farrell, the Red Sox must now conduct a full and wide search for their next manager. There are dozens of potential candidates for the job. The one choice that will have to be made is to either to go young or go old.

Fortunately for us, Dave Dombrowski gave a general outline of what he will be looking for in the next manager. In his post-firing presser, he mentioned that the candidate is unlikely to come from within.

That comment seemingly rules out a candidate like Chili Davis or Gary Ddisarcina.

In terms of experience, Dombrowski said “I think managerial experience helps. I don’t think it’s a 100% necessity.”. He also mentioned the importance of being in the dugout as experience. The last time Dombrowski hired a field manager he was in charge of the Detroit Tigers. The coach he hired at the time was Brad Asmus. So maybe that means he will go on the younger side.

If he goes young in terms of experience here is the list of potential candidates:

  • Brad Asmus: Asmus was let go by Detriot after having a rather shaky first tenure as a manager. He was hired by Dombrowski and has plenty of connections to New England. He will land somewhere this offseason.
  • Alex Cora: Direct connections to Boston and knows how the media is here. Well respected by players and has coached in Puerto Rico and is the bench coach for AJ Hinch’s Houston Astros.
  • Jason Varitek: Obvious connections here. But he has no actual experience as a coach in the dugout. He has helped with player development and scouting as a special assistant to the gm in Boston. But chances are he isn’t in the conversation.
  • Hensley Meulens: Speaks Spanish, English (and other languages), has extensive coaching experience and serves as the hitting coach for the Giants. Has coached the Netherlands in the WBC. There has been a rumor that Major League Baseball is encouraging the Red Sox to hire a coach of minority status. Meulens fits that bill.

In terms of an older/experiences option, there are a few. There is an opportunity here for Dombrowksi. That opportunity is to convince the well respected Jim Leyland to come out of retirement. Leyland though doesn’t seem interested in coaching again and decline to come to Boston a long time ago.

Below are few options for an experienced field manager:

  • Leyland
  • Torey Luvullo: Had a 93 win first season at the helm of Arizona. Could be convinced to leave to come back to Boston.
  • Joe Girardi: Could be on his way out of New York. Is a noted good in-game manager.
  • Ron Gardenhire: Former Twins manager and currently a bench coach for the Diamondbacks. This kind of smells to me though.

What way will Dombrowski go with is anyone’s guess. This process can take awhile with the team needing to lock down a list and start the interview process. According to Dombrowski he always has a list of people for every position he might have to hire for. So, in theory, this could happen fairly quickly.

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Red Sox Fire John Farrell

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On Wednesday morning the Boston Red Sox have announced that they have parted ways with field manager John Farrell.

Farrell has been the manager since 2013 and during his tenure, he led the team to 3 AL East division titles and a World Series Victory. The other two seasons happened to be two straight last-place finishes.

Farrell has been constantly criticized for his below average in game management, but being able to win 93 games when your team had turmoil and underperformances all season was impressive. While personally, I am not a supporter of him. I feel as if he often fails to get the credit he deserves.

But when it comes down to it, he is not the future at the helm for the Boston Red Sox.

According to the team, the process to find the next field manager will start immediately with Dave Dombrowski addressing the situation shortly.

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3 People Responsible for Losing the ALDS

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After experiencing an extremely disheartening loss, what is the most natural and most mature thing to do? Search for a scapegoat, of course. Why accept the reality of a bad situation? It’s much easier to deflect those negative feelings towards somebody or something else.

In an effort to alleviate the aching heart of Red Sox Nation, let’s examine the three individuals who are the most responsible for Boston’s defeat in the 2017 ALDS. After all, somebody must be to blame for this debacle! It certainly wasn’t the team as a collective entity, but singular players (or managers like John Farrell) who can be villainized for underperforming in the series.

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