Ranking the Boston Red Sox’ 5 Biggest Offseason Needs

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Ranking the Boston Red Sox’ 5 Biggest Offseason Needs

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The World Series champions in 2012 were one of the worst teams on the field in 2013. The job of the Boston Red Sox during the offseason prior to the 2014 Major League Baseball season is to address every single need they have to help insure that the same fate doesn’t fall on them following their World Series championship.

They will have a decent team no matter what but a decent team can quickly become a bad one and fall out of contention without the right offseason moves. The good news is that the Red Sox were in the position they were in 2013 because of a few great offseason moves last year and some in years prior. That means they have a good guy up there running the GM office.

For the truth of the matter, it is his job to build a team that will win the World Series in 2014 and it will not be easy because there are 29 others trying to do the same thing or at least get close. Needs can arise at every spot on the diamond even for the champs but it shouldn’t be that bad for the Red Sox.

Some of their needs this offseason will be moves they need to make while other needs will be moves they really should stay away from. Everyone put on your amateur GM hat for a few minutes and take this little journey with me. Feel free to leave a comment below with any additions or subtractions you have on the subject.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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5 – Trade Ryan Dempster

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It is widely suspected that the Red Sox are going to have to trade at least one of their good veteran starters. Dempster strikes as the obvious choice because he was less successful for the Sox than the others in question. They might get a little less in return for him but he still is capable of solid veteran numbers so they would get something and be rid of $13M on payroll.

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4 – Sign Carlos Beltran

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Part of the hard job this offseason for the Red Sox is going to be facing the fact that they aren’t likely going to be able to sign Jacoby Ellsbury. That will leave them with some outfield holes and they will look for good and middle of the road candidates to fill the spot. Beltran might fall a little shy of the big number men during the regular season but he gets his share of production and always does a good job at playing the game of baseball. Of course the Red Sox know as well as anyone how dangerous he becomes when the calendar turns to October.

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3 – Do Not Sign Corey Hart

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Hart has been a solid outfielder and even a plus outfielder at times but he is coming off of injuries and will need to prove himself. Add to that the fact that he will likely want to return to Milwaukee or go to a team with a Spring Training facility in Arizona and you get a situation where the Red Sox might have to pay more to get him. They should focus on Beltran and others and leave Hart to the Brewers.

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2 – Re-Sign Jarrod Saltalamacchia

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There are a lot of options for catcher this offseason and the Red Sox might have been looking at those options when they didn’t extend a qualifying offer to Salty. The other choice would probably be Brian McCann but he really might not produce all that much more than Saltalamacchia at this point in his career. It was a plus season for Salty even though the homers were down and he is solid and well respected behind the plate. Some of this also falls into the category of if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. They might be able to pay more and get a little more at catcher but they know already what they get with Salty is more than good enough.

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1 – Re-Sign Mike Napoli

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This is an easy decision and yes, signing Napoli is worth losing Ellsbury. There are other good outfielders out there in the trade and free agent markets but Napoli is easily the best option available at first base. He likes it in Boston and they would have a nicely sized hole on the right side of the infield as well as in the batting order without this big fellow. Get him signed.

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