Outfield? No Problem for the Boston Red Sox

Dylan LevinsonCorrespondent IJanuary 26, 2008

The Red Sox have had everything go their way. 

They won the World Series, they have a plethora of young talent, and they kept Mike Lowell.  They are even contending for Johan Santana.  This season the Red Sox will be coming in with an exceptional outfield, one that can win another World Series.

Pending any trades, the Sox starting outfield stands as Jacoby Ellsbury, Manny Ramirez and J.D. Drew with Coco Crisp as a versatile fill-in outfielder.  This outfield can become a monster against opponents. 

If you haven't heard of Jacoby Ellsbury, then you'll be in for a real surprise.  He was brought up from the minors last September and has wowed crowds and opponents.  If his hitting wasn't already enough, Ellsbury is also speedster, perhaps one of the fastest in the majors right now.  He stole 9 bases, all in September. 

Ellsbury is a real gift for the Sox outfield.

Manny Ramirez is coming off a down year, at least for him.  He only hit 20 homeruns as opposed to his usual 30 or more.  Manny is still an exceptional outfielder.  He can lead any outfield and has been with the Red Sox when they won their two World Series. 

Players like Manny are hard to come by.

J.D. Drew had a very disappointing year.  The Sox spent millions on him and he did nothing.  With that in mind, he showed promise in the playoffs and the near end of the season.  He hit the grand slam that all Sox fans remember and he looked like an all new J.D. Drew. 

If he carries that momentum into next season, he will be another force for the Sox.

Last but not least is Coco Crisp.  Crisp is a force on defense.  His center field play is up there with Torii Hunter and Andruw Jones.  Crisp does have a downside, that being his skills at the plate.  Crisp definitely is not up to the batting standards of Ramirez, Drew or even Ellsbury. 

Besides that, Crisp is an exceptional 4th outfielder.

The Sox outfield looks like a force to be reckoned with for this coming season.  As I stated in the beginning, this outfield could change with one trade, but for now this is how it stands.  The Sox may have arguably the best outfield in baseball.