Despite all the money the Boston Red Sox spent in free agency this offseason, the team should also expect some breakout players to emerge in 2013.
Although there is no set way of determining who will be a surprise for Boston next season, in looking at the roster, there are a number of players who could make major strides and help the team make a push for the playoffs.
According to WEEI’s Alex Speier, the Red Sox already have a 2013 payroll that has surpassed $160 million. While there will be pressure on the higher-paid players to produce, the success of the season could very well come down to those who may currently be under the radar.
The 2012 Red Sox floundered to a 93-loss season but still saw some players persevere and provide unexpected production, including Will Middlebrooks, Pedro Ciriaco and Franklin Morales.
With any luck, the Red Sox will have other players emerge in the same way this upcoming season.
Click through to see predictions for three breakout players for the Red Sox in 2013.