Thursday, October 30, 2014

Whither Shane Victorino In The 2015 Sox OF?

As Red Sox GM Ben Cherington decides which of his free agents to offer qualifying offers to (starting today) and which free agents he covets from other teams (starting next Tuesday), there remains the issue of the 2015 outfield. Currently, it could be composed of any combination from among: Yoenis "He Hate Me" Cespedes, Rusney Castillo, Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley, Jr., Allen Craig, Daniel Nava and (oh yeah!) Shane Victorino. For those of you who are cipher-impaired—that's seven guys for (basically) four spots. How will Boston deal with this surplus? Trades? Demotions? Releases? Our guess is that Cespedes (given recent news) will get dealt—as could either Mookie and/or JBJ. Unless those deals bring back another OF, our 2015 starters could be Castillo in LF, Mookie or JBJ in CF and Victorino platooning with Nava/Craig in RF. But, will a fully-healthy Flyin' Hawaiian accept a part-time role? That's another conundrum BenCher faces.