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Boston Red Sox Roster Predictions For The 2017 MLB Season

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Infielders/DH

For the infield I only considered players who will likely play the majority of the season in the majors, can’t put every guy who could get 25 at bats in their.

Xander Bogaerts SS:

Sir Xander Bogaerts will have to be one of the players to step up in Ortiz’s absence. He still has a ton of untapped potential and has yet to put it all together, this year feels like he could breakout, but for some reason he doesn’t, remember he is still only 24 years old.

Predictions: .310 AVG with 23 home runs and 93 RBI’s

Dustin Pedroia 2B:

The longest tenured member of the Boston Red Sox will be the leader on and off the field. Him batting out of the lead-off helped spark the Red Sox offense and his gold glove caliber defense only makes the gritty veteran the most important player on the entire team. Without Ortiz this is Pedey’s team.

Predictions: .291 AVG with 13 home runs and 70 RBI’s 

Mitch Moreland 1B:

Moreland is taking over the primary first base duties from Hanley Ramirez, will he succeed? I think he will do just fine, not as good as Mike Napoli would have though.

Predictions: .245 AVG with 18 home runs and 60 RBI’s 

Pablo Sandoval 3B:

The Panda lost a considerable amount of wait and looks like a real baseball player, he will bounce back and look like the Sandoval from the SF Giants.

Predictions: .275 AVG with 15 home runs and 72 RBI’s

Brock Holt Utility:

The utility player that plays every day will play less in 2017, and his stats will improve due to that. Holt isn’t an everyday player, and Farrell will learn from past mistakes and utilize Holt properly this season.

Predictions: .276 AVG and will play every position on the field except catcher and pitcher

Hanley Ramirez DH/1B:

Ramirez will be delegated to the DH role with the retirement of David Ortiz, a role that HR will thrive in. Oh wait did you see what I did there? Hanley’s nickname this season will be HR for all of the home runs he will hit into the Mass Pike.

Predictions: .295 AVG with 35 home runs and 120 RBI’s 

David Ortiz DH:

Just for laughs, put if Pedro Martinez is right you could see Ortiz playing in the second half of the season.

Predictions: .270 AVG with 13 home runs and 40 RBI’s 

Josh Rutledge Utility:

Brock Holt 2.0 will likely make the team over Marco Hernandez to start the season due to contract terms. That is the only reason why Josh is here instead of Marco.

Predictions: .260 and will play 3B, SS, and 2B

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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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Bottom Line: Boston Red Sox Need Stanton

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Boston Red Sox Team President Dave Dombrowski isn’t a great talent evaluator. Throughout his entire career, he has built his success by acquiring proven big league talent. Betting on that changing anytime soon is foolish, so why not make another move for proven talent?

Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins has long been rumored to be on the trade block and Boston is just one of his potential destinations. Reports have stated thought that Stanton would prefer a trade to a team like the Dodgers despite “advisers” pushing for Boston.

The Stanton vs Judge potential is enough to get any baseball fans heart racing. But should Boston present Miami a god offer? Some have balked at the potential of trading any more prospects but let me tell you a very well known secret, Boston’s farm system has been pillaged. Jay Groome and Michael Chavis are considered the best two prospects remaining under Dombrowski.

So any thought of depleting the farm system anymore should be tossed out the window as there isn’t much left there, to begin with. On top of that, the current makeup of the team and the organization is winning now, a strategy that is far from working given the current talent in the lineup. Last season the Red Sox lacked true pop in their lineup after the retirement of David Ortiz. Many at the time sold it as the 2015 Royals who nickeled and dimed their way to a world series title. But when it came down to it the 2017 Boston Red Sox lacked balls.

Boston needs a power bat in the heart of their order. Not just for the home runs from that player, but for the protection they would offer the other hitters in the lineup. If you were a pitcher facing the Red Sox last season almost every hitter in the lineup could be pitched too. The only exception might be Hanley Ramirez, but the BIG HR simply was set up to fail to have to step in for Ortiz with no protection around him.

Stanton would instantly bring in pop, lineup protection, and the much needed “it” factor that will help drive fans to the team. Without this type of move, it is hard to see how next season will be any different.

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Minimum Expectations for the 2018 Red Sox

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Last year, it was Chris Sale; in 2016, the exorbitantly expensive David Price was all the hype. Both of these roundly heralded saviors produced the same underwhelming results. Another short-winded trip to the playoffs; another bummer of a year.

The Red Sox simply cannot afford a third consecutive first-round exit, in the 2018 postseason. And it seems that Dave Dombrowski knows this. In an attempt to prevent car-flipping anarchy in the streets, he fired the overseer of all this recent failure (his direct subordinate) – John Farrell.

Now the Sox will be heading into next season with a newfangled remedy. No, it’s not a hundred-million dollar player. This time around, management has received the upgrade. It’s the newly hired manager, Alex Cora, who will be charged with the burden of resurrecting one of the most venerated franchises in professional sports.

On Monday, Cora was formally introduced to Boston as the new manager (or scapegoat).

Good luck, buddy! You’re gonna need it.  

Should Boston fans really expect an appreciable change to be affected by just one man? After all, this is exactly what we’ve done, to no avail, for the past few years. And if Cora really represents the end-all-be-all solution, what is a realistic accomplishment for him, and his club, in the first season of his tenure?

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Like Looking in the Mirror

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After watching the Houston Astros win the 2017 World Series, Red Sox fans deserve to be upset.

Go ahead and sink into your bed of indignance, for a couple of days, and don’t let anyone stop you, Red Sox Nation. You’re safe there.  

The asseveration has lingered on the tip of Boston’s tongue, ever since the ALDS – “That could have been us!” And it’s true, it could have been the Sox hoisting that trophy, on Wednesday night.

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