Boston Red Sox's Biggest Needs Heading into Free Agency

Brian RoachCorrespondent IOctober 23, 2012

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 8:  Ben Cherington, general manager of the Boston Red Sox,  watches batting practice from the dugout before a game with the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park on September 8, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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The Boston Red Sox have plenty of room in their budget to pick up some free agents during this offseason thanks to the huge trade that got Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Adrian Gonzalez off the payroll in the same season. Now the Sox need to put that money to good use in free agency.

Sure, they shouldn't spend all of it at once, but a few good deals to get some help in necessary positions would make all of Red Sox Nation happier. Some of these vacant spaces include first base, left field and at least one or two spots in the rotation.


First Base

This is the main priority for the Red Sox this offseason. With the likes of Mike Napoli and, hopefully, Adam LaRoche, Ben Cherington and Co. the Red Sox need to sign a free-agent first baseman who can replace the production of Adrian Gonzalez. Sure, Mauro Gomez and James Loeny did an admirable job, but first base is a power position in MLB and the Sox need to get that power back—and fast.


Left Field

Another position that management has had trouble with over the past several seasons. With the trade to acquire Jason Bay after Manny Ramirez basically quit on the team to the trade that sent the long-term acquisition of Carl Crawford to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the left field spot has been a real trouble position for the Red Sox.

This could be as simple as calling up a minor-league outfielder, but maybe someone like Grady Sizemore would be a quality pickup.


Starting Pitcher

With the likely rotation of Clay Buchholz, Jon Lester, John Lackey and Felix Doubront, the Red Sox still need a couple arms to bridge the gap until Allen Webster and Rubby De La Rosa can handle being up in the spotlight.

Some options include Kyle Lohse and Edwin Jackson, who are both veteran pitchers who would not cost an arm and a leg to sign. Maybe even a Shawn Marcum could be a good look as a fourth starter?