Happy New Year

Here we are on the eve of January 7th. That means approx. 38 days until the voluntary reporting date for pitchers and catchers. Being the fans we all are, we expect our pitchers, catchers, everyday players, coaches, trainers, equipment managers and food procurement employees to report on the voluntary reporting date.

For the Red Sox it was quite an off-season. In my opinion, it makes the Red Sox a target for most, if not all of major league baseball. The Red Sox spent a ton on Crawford and will certaily spend a ton on Gonzalez. Here’s what we know:

Line-up:

C – Saltalamacchia
1b – Gonzalez
2b – Pedrioa
3b – Youkilis
ss – Scutaro
lf – Crawofd
cf – Ellsbury
rf – Drew
dh – Ortiz

In no particular order I might add.

Bench:

UI – Lowrie (I think Lowrie should and will start at SS with Scutaro being the UI).
C – Varitek
OF – Cameron
OF – McDonald

Rotation:

SP – Lester
SP – Beckett
SP – Buchholz
SP – Lackey
SP – Matsuzaka

Bullpen:

RRP – Wakefield
RRP – Wheeler
LRP – Okajima
RRP – Jenks
RRP – Bard
RRP – Papelbon
RRP – Atchison

McDonald, Okajima and Atchison are hardly guarantees for the Opening Day roster, but as of now they look good. By signing Okajima, the Red Sox are giving Felix Doubront more time in the minors. McDonald and Cameron (or should I say the signing of Crawford and the presumed health of Ellsbury) should give players like Josh Reddick, Daniel Nava and Ryan Kalish more time to ferment in triple A.

This, is what I know as of now. More to come in 2011.