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Who are Red Sox’ options to replace Jacoby Ellsbury?

With the departure of Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox have a number of viable options as they look to bolster their outfield depth heading into 2014. Here are five directions they could take:

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Jackie Bradley Jr.

  • The 23-year-old center fielder struggled at the plate in the majors last season but has an impressive resume in the minors. He could give the Red Sox a decent approximation of Ellsbury at 2 percent of the price.


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Shane Victorino

  • The Red Sox could simply move Victorino to center field, a position he has played most of his career, and obtain a right fielder. But team executives have said they prefer keeping the Gold Glove right fielder where he is.

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Sign a free agent

  • Curtis Granderson (right) and Shin-Soo Choo remain on the market. Granderson was injured much of last season but hit 84 home runs from 2011-12. Choo was an on-base machine for the Reds last season. Defensively, he profiles better in a corner. Granderson and Choo are qualified free agents and would cost the Red Sox their first-round draft pick.

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Make a trade

  • The Dodgers have a surplus of outfielders and could deal either Matt Kemp (right) or Andre Ethier. Los Angeles needs a third baseman and the Red Sox could use Will Middlebrooks in the package.

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Buy insurance

  • The Sox could sign a lower-cost free agent like Franklin Gutierrez or Rajai Davis (right) as a fallback should Bradley falter.

Peter Abraham can be reached at pabraham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.

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