With the Boston Red Sox in the midst of trying to bring home their third World Series crown in the last nine seasons, it is almost too early to speculate about which potential free agents the team is targeting in the offseason.
Make no mistake, Boston's general manager Ben Cherington is already evaluating the Red Sox's situation entering 2014.
There are already a number of high-value targets that Boston could be looking at. Bringing back center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is a big priority. Potentially adding catcher Brian McCann is also a possibility per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
While the upper echelon of targets tend to generate the most amount of buzz, there are plenty of low-profile and under-the-radar signings that could prove to make an even larger impact.
In spite of their championship run in 2013, Boston does have some holes to fill. Just how the team goes about doing this remains to be seen. Yet it is clear that the Red Sox will be proactive in this regard.
Let us take a look at five potential free agents that Boston may target this offseason. These targets may not generate the same amount of buzz, but they are worth noting.