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The Red Sox could have acquired Justin Upton and ended their search for a long-term corner outfielder.
The Red Sox signed Jonny Gomes and Shane Victorino to play left and right field, but they missed a major opportunity by not trading for Justin Upton.
Upton was traded to Atlanta, where he will team up with his older brother B.J., but he would have provided a significant upgrade for the Red Sox.
Upton is young (25), affordable (three years, $38.5 million remaining on current contract), a good defensive player and has 30-homer potential.
While he was up and down in Arizona, Upton has never had protection in the lineup and his right-handed swing would be perfect in Fenway Park.
The biggest question is the price but if the Red Sox didn’t at least look into acquiring him, then they made a major mistake.