As the Red Sox surge through the summer, validating preseason predictions and putting a 2-10 start well behind them, GM Theo Epstein is focused on stitching together the final components for Boston's stretch run. With all eyes on the prize of postseason play in 2011, what better time for premature, fruitless speculation over 2012?
Spring Training is only seven months away!
This offseason holds several intriguing roster decisions for the team. The Red Sox have not seen such a huge potential for turnover under Theo Epstein since the exodus after the 2004 World Series. More than a quarter of the 40-man roster is in a walk year, or has only option years left on their contracts. Moreover, several key cogs at the Major League level have likely seen their last summer in Beantown.
Apropos of nothing, and based purely on speculation, I believe Theo and Co. will look internally to come up with some surprising solution for the lineup, the rotation and the bullpen.