Boston Red Sox: 6 Prospects Who Could See MLB Time in 2012

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Boston Red Sox: 6 Prospects Who Could See MLB Time in 2012
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Sox #1 Prospect: Will Middlebrooks

There are only 60 days remaining until pitchers and catchers report for the Boston Red Sox in sunny Ft. Myers Florida. Sixty days until we get to see baseball again and smell spring in the air. 

All the while, 60 days is still a lot of time remaining to see some major changes for many baseball clubs. While certainly one would think that general managers might like to keep their baseball shopping completed in line with their holiday shopping, this year there are still several major players on the market with just five days remaining until Christmas.

There are still deals to be made, players to be signed and rumors to be spread. However, this time of year fans seem to neglect to think about one thing: organizational depth. I myself am guilty of this sin.

We all like to throw out trade ideas as fodder for thought, while not realizing the importance of organizational depth during the course of a grueling 162-game season. The Red Sox are blessed with considerable depth, even after the amount of trades they've made over the recent years.

With that being said, every year we see players get injured or tired who need some time on the shelf. Here is a look at seven of the most likely candidates you'll see spending time in the majors in 2012.

Who knows? There is still some time left. Some may even land a starting gig—on another team via trade.

For the purpose of this article, I am going to omit two names up front: Ryan Kalish and Josh Reddick. Why? I firmly believe that Kalish will be your starting right fielder in 2012 and therefore leaving Reddick as your fourth outfielder. Neither in my mind should be, or will be considered a prospect in the 2012 season.

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