The potential Red Sox 2013 lineup

The blockbuster trade between the Red Sox and Dodgers is a shakeup for the 2013 Sox lineup.

One potential scenario for the 2013 team:

1) Jacoby Ellsbury CF


2) Dustin Pedroia 2B

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3) Will Middlebrooks 3B

4) * David Ortiz DH

5) * Cody Ross RF

6) TBA (James Loney, acquired from the Dodgers, will be a free agent.) 1B


7) Ryan Lavarnway or Jarrod Saltalamacchia C

8) Kalish or another player LF

9) Jose Iglesias SS

* Free agents

Candidates for the pitching rotation

Clay Buchholz

Jon Lester


Felix Doubront

Rubby De La Rosa

Franklin Morales

John Lackey

Alfredo Aceves

Fans have asked about the Red Sox chasing a free agent like Josh Hamilton, but that is doubtful. He’s going to be 32 in May and obviously comes with a unique set of risks along with questions about staying healthy on the field.

The Sox need to forget high-priced free agents and grow their own stars. Guys like Middlebrooks, Lavarnway, Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr. need to be the future, not free agents who came to Boston only because the money was better than anywhere else.