Six weeks until Fort Myers
Hard to believe, isn’t it? Before you know it, the equipment truck will be at Fenway Park, ready for takeoff into what should be an exciting 2011 season.
January has been an eventful month for the Red Sox the last couple of years. In 2009, that was when they struck deals for Rocco Baldelli and John Smoltz. Last year, the Sox ended up getting Adrian Beltre in January, and he wound up being one of the most important players in the ’10 team.
This year? Sorry to disappoint, but I think the bulk of the work has already been done. Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Bobby Jenks, Dan Wheeler. It has already been a highly productive winter for Theo Epstein. The re-signing of Hideki Okajima should be announced within days. Aside from that, there might be some tinkering here or there. The bench could still use a Bill Hall-type who could roam between the infield and the outfield.
Other than that, here are the main pieces team that will come to Fort Myers:
Catchers: Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Jason Varitek.
Infielders: Adrian Gonzalez, Dustin Pedroia, Marco Scutaro, Jed Lowrie, Kevin Youkilis.
Outfielders: Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Cameron, J.D. Drew, Darnell McDonald.
DH: David Ortiz.
Starting pitchers: Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, Josh Beckett, John Lackey, Daisuke Matsuzaka.
Relief pitchers: Jonathan Papelbon, Daniel Bard, Bobby Jenks, Dan Wheeler, Matt Albers, Felix Doubront, Hideki Okajima, Scott Atchison, Tim Wakefield.