Spring training is down to its final week-and-a-half before Opening Day lineups are announced, and the Boston Red Sox are still a couple moves away from filling their 25-man roster.
The main moves that the Red Sox need to concern themselves with involve the DH position. With David Ortiz out for an undefined time, the Red Sox need to either sign someone or call someone up to take his spot.
Assign Jackie Bradley Jr. to the 40-man roster
Jackie Bradley Jr. deserves a spot on this team with the way he has played in spring training. In 45 at-bats, he is hitting .444 with eight walks, one home run and five strikeouts. He has stolen one base in two chances.
The 22-year-old has great defensive abilities and has the ability to get on base for the sluggers in this lineup to drive him in from first or second easily. His time is now and the Red Sox need to take advantage to save their reputation now before it is too late.
Should Jackie Bradley Jr. make this team out of spring training?
Sign Jim Thome to a minor league deal
Jim Thome would be a quality fill-in at DH while Ortiz is on the shelf to begin the season. Who knows how long Big Papi will need to heal both of his heels, and Thome will be a pretty solid option if the Sox don't want to keep Bradley Jr. with the club out of camp.
With 612 career home runs, Thome would still be one of the top power hitters in the majors today. He played with the Baltimore Orioles in 2012, but only played in 58 games. He hit eight homers in that time and drove in 25, so maybe a short stint with the Red Sox could do him some could with his confidence, since he is not ready to retire just yet according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
The 22-year veteran knows his way around the baseball field, and his old age of 42 might even be a welcome sign in this youthful Red Sox clubhouse with the faces of Dustin Pedroia and Will Middlebrooks leading the way.