Predicting What the Boston Red Sox's Starting Lineup Will Look Like Next Year

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Predicting What the Boston Red Sox's Starting Lineup Will Look Like Next Year
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Will David Ortiz be with the Red Sox next year?

With Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto shipped off to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Boston Red Sox are certainly going to look like a different team next season. 

All four of those players need to be replaced. Finding a starting first baseman, left fielder and starting pitcher won't be easy. But the Red Sox obviously have much more financial flexibility after clearing $262.5 million (according to Biz of Baseball's Maury Brown) off their payroll. 

With the franchise hitting the reset button, the Red Sox front office and ownership have the opportunity to change their way of doing business and adopt a different philosophy of roster construction. Player development will be emphasized over handing out big contracts.

Any Red Sox fans hoping the team might make a run at Josh Hamilton or Zack Greinke during the offseason will probably be disappointed. That doesn't mean there aren't plenty of other options for Boston to explore. While the names might not be as flashy, they could provide a better value and allow the Red Sox to better build for the future.

What will the Red Sox starting lineup look like next season? Much of the roster will look as it did this year, of course, but we'll speculate on a few players the team could add.

We look forward to your feedback and suggestions for moves Boston could make. Please offer your responses in the comments. 

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