Rank 'Em: Red Sox remaining to do list

December 19, 2012

We ran a poll on ESPNBoston.com on Tuesday and two-thirds of nearly 4,000 responders think the Red Sox still have some work to do to build a winner in 2013. With that in mind, here are a few ideas. How would you rank them in terms of priorities?

Red Sox remaining to do list

Sign Nick Swisher

Sign Nick Swisher

If the Red Sox are serious about realizing Larry Lucchino's "deep depth," Swisher makes some sense even if it doesn‚¨"t look like there's an everyday spot for him, just because of his flexibility. He's a switch hitter and can play first base and both corner outffield positions. Bringing in Swisher would give the Red Sox four proven major league outfielders -- Swisher, Jacoby Ellsbury, Shane Victorino and Jonny Gomes -- and leaves room for Ryan Kalish as well as a platoon option.


Drop Napoli; sign LaRoche

Drop Napoli; sign LaRoche

if the team can't get past the red flag that apparently was raised during Napoli's physical, there is an obvious Plan B: Adam LaRoche. The 33-year-old free-agent first baseman hit 33 homers and drove in 100 runs with the Nationals last season. LaRoche is thought to be seeking a three-year deal and Washington is still considered the favorite to sign him.


Bring back Cody Ross

Bring back Cody Ross

Things have been quiet on the Ross front, which probably means he hasn't gotten the three-year offer he has been seeking. He's proven he can play in Boston and he's clearly a fit for Fenway (he had a .903 OPS there last season).


Make a big trade

Make a big trade

Adding either Swisher or Ross would give the Red Sox trade flexibility, the kind they gained when they agreed with shortstop Stephen Drew. With Drew on board and prospect Xander Bogaerts on the horizon, the Sox could shop Jose Iglesias this offseason. They could also try to deal Ellsbury (Victorino, again, would fill the void in center field) or one of their four catchers (Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Napoli, Ryan Lavarnway or David Ross).


Sign another starting pitcher

Sign another starting pitcher

This is probably less likely at this point, but there are still a few interesting options on the starting pitchers' market. Kyle Lohse and Edwin Jackson are the best available, but both are reportedly seeking long-term deals.


Stand pat

Stand pat

If the Red Sox sit tight with this roster, it would give them almost unprecedented flexibility at the July trade deadline. If, for example, this current Red Sox team is competitive in April, May and June and looks like it's one or two pieces away from being a contender, they‚¨"d be able to take on a big contract in a major trade deadline deal.


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