Fans expecting the 2013 Boston Red Sox to sign a bunch of major free agents en route to winning the World Series are going to be very disappointed this offseason.
Despite having just $45 million currently committed to players for next season, Sox GM Ben Cherington will likely spend his available money quite judiciously this offseason. After unloading the bulky contracts of Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez, the least thing the team is looking to do is to take on more long-term dollars.
Instead, they’ll look for value in the free agent market as they try to fill their (many) holes on the roster.
Even if both David Ortiz and Cody Ross are re-signed, the team needs at least one starter, a first baseman, at least one outfielder and several relievers (in no particular order). Several internal options are still a couple years away, so the Sox will need to find shorter-term options to help during this transition period.
Fortunately, there are many intriguing options on the market. Here are five players who, despite their defects, would fit the Sox’s plan for next season: