By Tim Culverhouse @culvey13 on June 11, 2014
The Boston Red Sox entered the 2014 season with high hopes, seeking to become the first team to repeat as champs since the 1998-2000 New York Yankees. Yet, the overachieving team has come back down to Earth, and unperformed significantly this season. Entering Tuesday night they are 29-35 and in fourth place in the American League East. With all of that said, these are the five players the Red Sox could do without in 2014.
The often-injured Will Middlebrooks has missed most of this season once again. The once proclaimed "third baseman of the future" has never found his swing since injuring his wrist in 2013. Middlebrooks sat in the World Series in favor of Xander Borgaerts, and has yet to find a secure spot in the lineup. It may be time to pull the plug on Middlebrooks.
The left-handed hitting catcher was brought in to replace Jarrod Saltalamacchia this offseason, and has not lived up to his predecessor. Pierzynski does not fit the mold of a regular member of the Boston lineup, swinging early in the count while rarely working a walk. More importantly, the pitching staff has voiced displeasure with Pierzynski behind the plate, meaning that David Ross gets regular time catching some Boston starters.
With all of the hype surrounding Jackie Bradley Jr., his offensive output has come nowhere close to his expectations. Bradley Jr. does have a strong glove and blazing fast speed, but his inability to hit makes him a difficult fit in the Red Sox lineup. Luckily for Bradley Jr., the rest of the Boston outfield has not hit this year as well, meaning that he gets regular time to break out of his offensive funk.
Clay Buchholz has been one of the most inconsistent pitchers in the MLB during his career. He has a no-hitter on his resume, while also being one frustrating pitcher. Buchholz has been plagued with arm troubles in the last couple of seasons and has been very hittable to opponents this season. It is time to get rid of Buchholz and look elsewhere for another starter.
Stephen Drew is the definition of wasted money for the Red Sox, as million does not get the same value as it has in year's past. Since his triumphant return, Drew still has a solid glove at shortstop, but continued his abysmal hitting from last year's playoffs. He is hitting under .100 and more importantly, moved the true Red Sox shortstop, Xander Borgaerts, to third base. This was a waste of money, and Drew should be gone by season's end.
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