Cody Ross, Outfielder
Ross has played out of his mind in 2012 and will definitely be back in 2013 despite his contract expiring. Will he be back past that, though? I sure hope so. He’s been a great outfielder at the plate and played right and left field well, too. The Red Sox couldn’t ask for any more out of Ross this season and he’s very deserving of a new contract that should last the next two seasons, ensuring he plays in Boston in 2014.
Jose Iglesias, Shortstop
I truly believe that the Red Sox are going to go with Iglesias full-time at shortstop next season. That will tell us if he’s capable of dealing with it or not. He’s a horrific hitter, both in the minors and in the majors. You will not convince me that he will come around offensively. He is, however, a good fielder which has kept him in the conversation this long. In the end, I see him getting two years at the position before he either loses it to Xander Bogaerts or somehow keeps it.
Ryan Kalish, Outfielder
If you’ve read my pieces on the Red Sox, you would know that I’m very against Ryan Kalish. I don’t like the way that he hits and I don’t think that he’s a great fielder. He should not be an outfielder on this team in the future, but I do think that Boston still believes he can be. They keep giving him the opportunity to succeed and he just hasn’t. It’s going to take a couple more years for the front office to realize this and that’s why I think he has a 60 percent shot at being on the roster in 2014.
Ryan Lavarnway, Catcher
Lavarnway will be on the roster for a while for a couple of reasons. One, he’s a great catcher and usually hits well, although that hasn’t shown in the majors this season. Two, he could DH if Boston decides not to bring Ortiz back. Three, Boston could decide to transition him into a first baseman. He’s still young and could develop into one of the better young players in the game. He just needs more time.
Franklin Morales, Starting Pitcher
I like that Boston finally realized that Morales could be a good starter. He pitched well at first and then started to slow down as he got more and more time on the mound. I think that they could continue to start him, but he’ll be moved back to the bullpen going forward. He’s a valuable asset to this team when he’s on point.