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Following another dismal season in Boston, the Red Sox should be buyers this winter.
After trading away Adrian Gonzalez, Kevin Youkilis, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford, Boston has a lot of shoes to fill for the 2013 season and there are plenty of free agents on the market to do it.
One move I'm looking at for the Red Sox is signing free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche. For now, James Loney is listed as the first baseman, but LaRoche would be a major upgrade. He was arguably the Washington Nationals' best offensive player, batting .271 with 33 home runs and 100 RBI during the regular season.
Boston has a glaring need at shortstop, as Mike Aviles was sent to the Toronto Blue Jays as part of the deal to bring over new manager John Farrell, so we could see Boston spend some cash on a shortstop, or possibly make a trade with the Texas Rangers for Elvis Andrus, as the emergence of Jurickson Profar has Rangers' executives high on his talent.
The Red Sox could also stand to add an arm or two for the starting rotation, as they dealt Beckett to the Los Angeles Dodgers and saw Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz and Felix Doubront struggle last season.
With a ton of solid starters set for free agency this winter, including names like Dan Haren, Zack Greinke, Edwin Jackson, Kyle Lohse, Brandon McCarthy and more, you can expect GM Ben Cherington to be active during the free agent period.