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Red Sox: Young, Cheap Outfielders Better Than Lugo and Drew?

SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 13:  Josh Willingham #16 of the Washington Nationals bats against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on May 13, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Anthony EmersonAnalyst IJune 4, 2009

The Boston Red Sox seem to be once again in the market for a hitter.

Will it be a National, like Nick Johnson, Josh Willingham, or Adam Dunn? Will it be a Brave, like Jeff Francoeur?

Or will it be some one completely out of the blue?

Personally, I like Francoeur and Willingham. They're both young, good hitters, who will probably produce more homers and a higher batting average than David Ortiz. Francoeur previously had a Red Sox credit card, but his Atlanta teammates made him change it.

With the Braves acquiring Nate McLouth from Pittsburgh, that may make Francoeur (who has never been as good as his rookie season in 2006) expendable.

I like Josh Willingham more than Francoeur, though. Willingham is cheaper than Francoeur, but he hasn't played in a huge spotlight before. Playing for the Florida Marlins from 2004-2008, and the Nationals this year, he may not adjust well to the spotlight in Boston like Francoeur could.

I think that both Washington and Atlanta could accept trades involving JD Drew and/or Julio Lugo, maybe with some pitching prospects. 

With Nick Green lighting the world on fire this season for the Sox, and Jed Lowrie the future at shortstop, that may make Lugo expendable. Combined with the fact that Lugo has never thrived in Beantown, and with Lowrie and Green doing excellent this season, this could mean the end for the Julio Lugo experiment.

With me being a huge Red Sox fan, I've never liked Drew. I didn't like how he needed a month off for fictional injuries and I didn't like how he couldn't hit in the clutch.

I was used to Trot Nixon, the hustling, homer hitting, Boston "Dirt Dog" in right field. When the Sox didn't pick up Nixon's contract after 2006, I was heartbroken.

I was furious when the Sox signed Drew.

Willingham and Francoeur would be huge upgrades over Drew, and we in Red Sox Nation would worship them. If they hustle.

They cannot take a play off, they cannot leave games with mystery injuries and they have to hit for a higher average than Lugo and Ortiz.

That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

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