I'm going to cheat with the 25-man roster, because the teams now have 40-man rosters and it's not exactly clear who the 25-man roster would be if the Red Sox had to name one tomorrow.
Also, some key players are on the DL, such as Daisuke, Jenks, and Kalish; they should also be considered in this review.
I'm also not going to insult anyone's intelligence and suggest there is any doubt about the core of Gonzales, Pedroia, Ellsbury, Lester, and Buchholz, so you won’t find them in this slideshow.
At the other extreme, late-season spare part Conor Jackson is not in there either; after a 3-for-19 in 12 games, he will depart as a free agent.
Others on the 40-man roster (Luis Exposito, Stolmy Pimentel and Oscar Tejada) will continue their minor-league development.
MLB announced today that eight members of the Red Sox filed for free agency: Erik Bedard, J.D. Drew, Conor Jackson, Trever Miller, David Ortiz, Jonathan Papelbon, Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield. The Red Sox hold exclusive negotiating rights on these eight until 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3.
The Sox also have 10 arbitration-eligible players: right-handed pitchers Alfredo Aceves, Matt Albers and Daniel Bard; left-handers Rich Hill, Andrew Miller, and Franklin Morales; center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury; infielders Jed Lowrie and Mike Aviles; and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Monday, Dec.12 is the date by which the Red Sox must decide whether to tender contracts to those players.
Finally, the Red Sox held club options on three players, Marco Scutaro, Scott Atchison and Dan Wheeler. They exercised the Scutaro option, and declined the other two.