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Alex Gordon would be a great fit defensively and in the lineup.
This problem becomes doubly important if the Red Sox don’t re-sign Cody Ross.
However, for a moment let’s assume Ross returns.
Internally, Ryan Kalish is unproven and injury-prone.
Ryan Sweeney is better served as a fourth outfielder that can fill in against lefties and step up if a starter gets hurt.
After Kalish and Sweeney, the internal options become players that simply aren’t capable of being full-time major league starters.
There are two potential trade options, both in the AL Central.
Alex Gordon may be available with the Royals looking more towards the future and he would fit in well with what Boston needs.
Gordon has shown he is a Gold Glove-caliber outfielder and an above-average hitter despite having almost no protection in the lineup.
Another option is Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo.
Choo is an established hitter and a decent fielder, but is a year away from free agency.
Choo may be easier to acquire, but the Red Sox should push hard for Gordon, who is under team control for up to four more years.
Potential free agents: Nick Swisher, B.J. Upton, Torii Hunter, Melky Cabrera