Could the Current Boston Red Sox Lineup Compete?

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Could the Current Boston Red Sox Lineup Compete?
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A healthy Jacoby Ellsbury would certainly help the Red Sox be competitive again in 2013.

The Boston Red Sox currently enter the offseason with only $60 million in salary, which includes John Lackey (the team’s highest paid player), David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz and Jose Iglesias. After factoring in players in arbitration like Jacoby Ellsbury and Andrew Bailey, and other players whose contracts have not expired, like Scott Atchison and Felix Doubront, the Red Sox will likely still have a payroll of less than $100 million with its current roster.

Only nine teams had a payroll greater than $100 million last year, and the Red Sox will be removed from that list, unless they make free-agent signings.

But without making any free-agent signings, could the current roster compete?

Take a look at the break down of the current starting pitching, relief pitching, outfield, infield and designated hitter options with a poll at the end.

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