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Deep as the Boston Red Sox organization is, it's absurd to think that a championship-caliber level of performance can be maintained without addressing the void created by Jacoby Ellsbury's departure.
If the 2014 season were to begin immediately, prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. would be thrust into an everyday role.
Also, Daniel Nava would see semi-regular playing time. Although he's coming off a productive year (.303/.385/.445, 12 HR), underwhelming stats from his previous major league seasons suggest that he could regress back to reality.
Ideal Target: Matt Kemp
From the Los Angeles Dodgers' perspective, "the time is simply not right to move Kemp," as Ken Rosenthal explains. His trade value has plummeted following an injury-plagued 2013 campaign, so the club would have to consume tens of million of dollars of his remaining contract, and even that wouldn't guarantee the return of premium young talent.
But he makes a lot of sense for the Red Sox, who showed legitimate interest in trading for the star athlete earlier this winter.
Kemp could serve as Boston's primary center fielder this coming season, receiving ample days off to ensure that his ankle and shoulder return to full strength. Then, he could shift to left field in 2015, a position better suited for his defensive skills.