SweetSpot: Moves to make Sox a contender

Writing for the SweetSpot blog, ESPN.com’s Christina Kahrl takes a look at some possible moves the Red Sox could make if they want to contend in the AL East in 2012.

Kahrl starts off with a move the Sox could make to upgrade at first base, writing:

The first move will be at first, signing Lance Berkman to man first base for a one-year deal. The Big Puma should give the Red Sox power and OBP, and he's been willing to settle for short-term deals in the past. Given the lack of a franchise player at first base this winter, it's better for the Sox to go for something short and expensive than sign Adam LaRoche or the like. The other benefit is just like that which Berkman provided the Cardinals before when he signed early with them: It advertises early on that you're willing to spend on a veteran bat associated with contenders, which might make it easier to convince your subsequent targets that Boston is no longer irradiated after the toxic Bobby V. experience.

Kahrl has four other suggested moves for the Sox, including calling up former GM Theo Epstein and working out a trade. Click HERE to read the full piece.