A few days ago the Boston Red Sox signed Rusney Castillo who is considered the top Cuban defector this year. He is set to earn $72 million over the course of six years. Based off this recent signing, Boston has arguably the most outfield depth in all of baseball. Now though, the hard part begins for Boston; now they need to decide which ones they want to keep and which ones will go.
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Possible Red Sox outfield for 2015:
CF Rusney Castillo
LF Yoenis Cespedes
CF Mookie Betts
RF Allen Craig
LF Daniel Nava
OF Brock Holt
CF Jackie Bradley Jr.
OF Kelly Johnson (FA)
OF Shane Victorino
LF Garin Cecchini
RF Bryce Brentz
LF Alex Hassan
CF Corey Brown
As far as outfielders go, Boston has plenty of viable options, but unfortunately they can only use up to five of them at most. Certainly Castillo seems like a lock based off the huge contract Boston offered up. Expect him to man center field for the club next season.
Since Boston is looking to really compete next year, a couple weaker options can be eliminated. The odds of Boston re-signing Kelly Johnson are slim and with Corey Brown being designated for assignment after one plate appearance in the Major Leagues this season, his chances for a starting job are low as well.
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Of course with that being said, Boston may not need some of their younger players such as Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Bryce Brentz to name a few.
Alex Hassan is a platoon player who kills lefties so his services may be applicable and Garin Cecchini is a third baseman by trade strengthening his case for a spot on the Boston Red Sox.
Even though his OBP is dismal, Yoenis Cespedes seems like the favorite to win the right field job next year. Granted his 30 homerun power, Boston may take the good with the bad because his bat is tailor-made for Fenway Park. Not to mention he has a cannon of an arm.
As far as the veterans go, Daniel Nava, Shane Victorino and Allen Craig all may be out of luck. Despite being great options, Boston could go for a more appealing option and trade for Giancarlo Stanton. Now, Boston is in a great position to trade for the Marlins outfielder this offseason using the plenty of top prospects they have stock load of minor league talent in the upper levels. With this in mind, the three could be dealt this off season for more prospects.
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Right now, the Boston Red Sox are in a great position as far as outfielders go. An outfield of Castillo, Cespedes and Stanton would be the outfield of a lifetime — that is of course unless the 1970’s ring a bell.