Projecting the Red Sox Opening Day 25-man roster

By Jeff Louderback

With injuries and recent transactions, it is becoming clearer what the Red Sox 25-man roster will look like when the club opens the 2013 season at Yankee Stadium on Monday.

The certainties appear to be:

Starting Rotation

  1. Jon Lester
  2. Clay Buchholz
  3. Ryan Dempster
  4. Felix Doubront
  5. John Lackey

The rotation should be a team strength in 2013, which is a welcome change compared to 2011 and 2012.

Bullpen

  1. Joel Hanrahan (closer
  2. Andrew Bailey
  3. Koji Uehara
  4. Junichi Tazawa
  5. Andrew Miller
  6. Alfredo Aceves
  7. Clayton Mortensen

Mortensen is out of options, and the Red Sox would like to keep him because of his versatility. Left-handers Franklin Morales and Craig Breslow will open the season on the disabled list.

Catchers

  1. Jarrod Saltalamacchia
  2. David Ross

Infielders

  1. Mike Napoli
  2. Dustin Pedroia
  3. Jose Iglesias
  4. Will Middlebrooks
  5. Pedro Ciriaco

Iglesias will stick with the team since Stephen Drew will begin the 2013 campaign on the DL while he recovers from a concussion.

Outfielders

  1. Shane Victorino
  2. Jacoby Ellsbury
  3. Jonny Gomes

Based on those projections, there are three undetermined spots for the Opening Day roster.

With David Ortiz slated to open the year on the DL, Gomes could fill in at DH and the club might keep outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr., corner outfielder/first baseman Daniel Nava and first baseman/left fielder Mike Carp.

This is the best decision since Bradley can start in left field. If they want to delay his free agent clock from beginning, the Red Sox could always option him to the minors for 20 days once Ortiz returns and then recall him. Bradley, Nava and Carp is a better alternative than Ryan Sweeney, Nava and Carp. Though Sweeney can proficiently play all three outfield spots, he offers little help at the plate. The Red Sox would not need a late-inning defensive replacement with an outfield of Bradley, Ellsbury and Victorino. And if Farrell has a game when he decides to start Carp or Nava in left, Bradley will be available as a late-inning option.

2 Responses to “ Projecting the Red Sox Opening Day 25-man roster ”

  1. They cloned Victorino?

  2. I’ll disregard previous comment now.

    Predicting Nava, Sweeney, and Carp will be the three extra outfielders they carry to start the season. Mauro Gomez will likely be DFA’d to make room for Sweeney.

    If Bradley gets off to a hot start, they’ll probably cut the lesser of Sweeney or Carp. Since Nava has options and is a plus fielder with versatility and OBP guy, he has an advantage to remain on the roster is some way, shape, or form.

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