Red Sox Offseason Review, Bonus: Lineup Included

Shanan H.Analyst IMarch 23, 2009

FORT MYERS, FL - MARCH 08:  Designated hitter Rocco Baldelli #5 of the Boston Red Sox watches his team from the dugout against the Tampa Bay Rays during a Grapefruit League Spring Training Game at City of Palms Park on March 8, 2009 in Fort Myers, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

The Red Sox really added depth to their team this season.  The team will not have to worry too much about injuries.

I do think the team should have tried harder for a No. 5 pitcher, but they got what they got.

Here are the biggest moves:


Acquired RHP Ramon Ramirez from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for OF Coco Crisp.

Who?  I don't know about this trade, now Rocco will have to fill Crisp's hole.


Signed RHP Junichi Tazawa to a three-year contract.

Great idea, but all the money spent on him?  Too much!


Signed C Josh Bard to a one-year contract with a club option for 2010.

Assuming Varitek's not coming back, he's a weak catcher to replace him, but he will be  a good backup for the catcher we all know is back. 


Signed free agent OF Rocco Baldelli, who had been with the Rays, to a one-year contract. Designated RHP Charlie Zink for assignment.

Great move.  Part of that whole depth-adding idea. 


Signed RHP Brad Penny to a one-year contract. Sent RHP Charlie Zink outright to Triple-A Pawtucket. He had been designated for assignment on January 8.

Added to the rotational depth, and will probably be the five pitcher, if he's healthy. 


Signed RHP John Smoltz to a one-year contract. Designated RHP David Pauley for assignment.

Good to add depth, for when Penny's injured!


Re-signed C Jason Varitek to a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2010. Sent OF/1B Jeff Bailey outright to Triple-A Pawtucket and invited him to Spring Training.

Still an okay catcher, glad to see him back.

Here's their line-up and rotation:

CF; Ellsbury:

2B; Pedroia:

DH; Ortiz:

LF; Bay:

1B; Youkilis:

RF; Drew:

3B; Lowell:

C; Varitek:

SS; Lowerie:

SP; Beckett:

SP; Lester:

SP; Matsuzaka:

SP; Wakefield:

SP; Penny:

CL; Papelbon.