With the acquisition of Adrian Gonzalez from San Diego solving the problems at first and third, there are only two positions left for the front office to address: catcher and left field.
GM Theo Epstein might be happy with Jarrod Saltalamacchia behind the plate with returning captain Jason Varitek serving as the backup, but he will not be happy with the outfield situation. JD Drew and Mike Cameron are in the last years of their contracts and Jacoby Ellsbury is floating about between left and center.
Ideally, the Red Sox need someone to play left and free agent Carl Crawford is not only the best fit, but will likely the best outfielder to hit the market for the foreseeable future. Still, there are doubts about him.
So, here are the reasons he would work as a Red Sox and the reasons he would not.