We are less than a month away from players reporting to Spring Training, and trust me, nobody is more ready for the upcoming 2010 season than I am.
This, however, is the longest month of the whole baseball season, rivaled by only that of Spring Training itself.
Most of the exciting, hot-stove drama of the free agent market is gone, and we are left to just a few teams bidding over the handful of remaining interesting bargains left out there on the market, but baseball is still a month away. What are we to do to pass away this last month?
I find the best way to pass the time of this last month is by checking out my team's prospects and gearing up for fantasy baseball draft season. It's that time of year again...
After the Red Sox' free agent spending spree, the team for 2010 consists mostly of some talented 30-something year olds like Mike Cameron and John Lackey, likely looking to squeeze out their last good seasons (hopefully that's five, John) or players like Adrian Beltre, who have landed in Boston hoping for a big year so they can earn that last big-bucks contract before slipping into the routine of waiting all winter to get that mid-February Minor-League deal. The case is pretty much the same for all of them, though: the Red Sox brought them in to bridge the gap between now and the arrival of their highly touted prospects.
Here, in my opinion, are their top five position players: