As the Boston Red Sox play out the string of their miserable 2012 season, fans and the organization alike have already begun to look towards the future. Older players are sitting in favor of young prospects as GM Ben Cherington and the Sox’s brain trust try to gauge just what they have in some of these players.
A byproduct of this early portion of the rebuilding process is that it becomes quickly apparent which players will not return next year. Many nonessential veteran players will be jettisoned in favor of cheaper talent that can develop as the team retools: a vital part of the process.
It can be frustrating for fans to watch a lineup full of players who either aren’t ready or won’t be with the team in six months, but this is unfortunately a significant step in rebuilding the team. Many of these players will be little more than footnotes in Sox history, players who only the most fanatical of die-hards will remember as members of the team.
With apologies to the lamest of the lame ducks (Bobby Valentine, who does not qualify for this piece due to not being a player), here are five players on the active roster who fans can expect to see on different teams next year.