Boston Red Sox Rumors: Pros and Cons of Acquiring Each Top Winter Target

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Boston Red Sox Rumors: Pros and Cons of Acquiring Each Top Winter Target
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Boston Red Sox GM Ben Cherington has the difficult task of rebuilding a team that went 69-93 in 2012.

With the MLB Winter Meetings in full swing, the dominoes are starting to fall for the Boston Red Sox as they shape their roster for 2013 and beyond.

GM Ben Cherington has been active in Nashville this week, signing Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino while also holding negotiations with many others. The Sox still have several gaps to fill, so fans can expect this flurry of activity to only intensify as the week goes on.

Pitching has to be the No. 1 concern, but the Sox may not be done shaking up their outfield either. Reports have surfaced from the Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham and others that suggest that the team would consider trading Jacoby Ellsbury, a major move that would have several long-term implications for the entire organization.

Without getting too far into the future, though, let’s take a look at some of the positives and negative of the Sox’s top targets this winter:

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