Gone are Jon Lester, John Lackey, Jake Peavy, Felix Doubront, Andrew Miller and Stephen Drew. Here to stay are Yoenis Cespedes, Allen Craig, Joe Kelly, Kelly Johnson and an influx of close-to-the-majors pitching prospects adding to already impressive depth.
The sweeping changes have led to a much younger, much less defined Red Sox roster moving forward. The deals have created an abundance of opportunity for the Sox's promising prospects, and we're going to see plenty of MLB debuts over the next two months.
While the dust has yet to clear and the organization's path has yet to be fully revealed, it's clear that the Sox want to compete in 2015. With that in mind, it's helpful to look at the prospects most ready to help them achieve that goal and decide who will most help the Red Sox next year.
For this exercise, I'm going to exclude prospects currently playing in the majors. So while Christian Vazquez, Allen Webster and Anthony Ranaudo are still rookie eligible and would all rank here otherwise, I'd prefer to shine some light onto the players who don't have a defined role with the Red Sox right now.
With that caveat out of the way, let's take a look at six names who could play major roles in Boston in 2015.