Top 5 Free-Agent Moves for the Boston Red Sox to Make This Offseason

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Top 5 Free-Agent Moves for the Boston Red Sox to Make This Offseason
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With the World Series potentially just two games away from being over, there's no better time to take a look at players that could be potential targets for the Boston Red Sox via free agency this offseason.

After posting the worst single-season record since 1965 and trading away significant talent (and payroll) midseason in the form of Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford, the Red Sox are desperate to right the ship with their offseason plans. Free-agent signings are one part of that equation and an important one, given the failures of the team over the past few years on that front.

The hiring of John Farrell earlier this week set the stage for an offseason that's sure to be a big one for the Red Sox, and while they may elect to allocate their resources in a way we haven't seen in the past, I suspect they'll make a splash or two in the free-agent pool when things are all said and done.

Just in case you were wondering, I have deliberately excluded the Red Sox's own free agents, such as David Ortiz and Cody Ross, from this list, as I'm only interested in looking at players that will be on the open market at this point. 

My selections here are pure speculation on my part, and it's possible that the Red Sox will choose to go in a different direction entirely, but I have done my best to outline my reasoning behind each potential signing. I think that each player has something that Boston could use in the 2013 campaign. 

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