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5 Things To Look For From The Boston Red Sox In Season’s Second Half

5 Things To Look For From The Boston Red Sox In The Second Half

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The Boston Red Sox enter the second half of the season on the heels of one of the worst first halves in recent memory. With a 43-52 record, the Sox are in last place in the AL East and own the third-worst record in the AL. The team didn't send a position player to the All-Star Game for the first time since 1962. Ready to put the first half behind them, here are five things you'll see from the Sox in the second half of 2014.

5. Jon Lester and Red Sox Agree to Contract Extension

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5. Jon Lester and Red Sox Agree to Contract Extension

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After the disastrous first half, Ben Cherington is no longer sitting as pretty as he was in spring training. His stock has fallen to the point where his job could depend on Lester being re-signed. With the increased leverage in Lester's camp -- combination of Lester's performance and state of Red Sox front office -- the two sides will agree to a compromise.

4. Jackie Bradley Will Be Standout of Second Half

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4. Jackie Bradley Will Be Standout of Second Half

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Bradley has played shutdown defense in center field throughout the first half and has started to swing the bat. He hit .280 with a .654 OPS in 29 games going into the break and has a hit in nine of his last 10 games, hitting .371 over that stretch.

3. A Mass Exodus of Veterans Occurs

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3. A Mass Exodus of Veterans Occurs

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A number of veterans on expiring contracts will be dealt by the Red Sox. It began with the release of catcher A.J. Pierzynski. Jake Peavy not pitching until Tuesday indicates that he could be dealt in the coming days. Jonny Gomes, Burke Badenhop, Stephen Drew and Craig Breslow will likely follow.

2. But Koji Uehara Stays

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2. But Koji Uehara Stays

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Koji Uehara will not be traded by the Red Sox. If the Sox are looking to compete in 2015, they need a guy to close the door in the ninth. At the age of 40, Uehara won't get much more than a one or two-year deal on the open market, a pact the Sox should be more than happy to agree to. It's not like he will command a lucrative deal.

1. The Kids are Coming

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1. The Kids are Coming

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You're going to see a lot these young prospects the world's been raving about come August and September. With Christian Vazquez, Mookie Betts and Garin Cecchini already having made their major league debuts in 2014, expect to see Anthony Ranaudo, Matt Barnes, Deven Marrero and Bryce Brentz play their first games in the majors.