Predicting Boom or Bust for Each Boston Red Sox Hitter in 2013

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Predicting Boom or Bust for Each Boston Red Sox Hitter in 2013
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Coming off a 69-93 season in 2012, it's hard not to see the optimism in Boston for the upcoming Red Sox season.

The stench of Bobby Valentine, underachieving high-priced veterans and disastrous last place finish have been replaced by the optimism of John Farrell, free-agent acquisitions with something to prove and an AL East that looks wide open.

If a return to greatness is in order, offense must be a major part of the winning in Fenway Park. During the five-year run of excellence from 2003-2007, Boston's bats averaged over 901 runs per season. Last season, that number fell to 734, the franchise's lowest output since the strike-shortened season of 1994.

The two World Series banners hanging in Fenway were built on the back of relentless bats.

How will the additions of under-the-radar free-agent contributors add to the current mix for the 2013 Red Sox?

Here are boom or bust predictions for each Boston Red Sox hitter in 2013.

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