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07:38 AM ET 12.23 | As once famously gloomy Red Sox fans enjoy the glow of another title, perhaps they can return soon to wondering about some of the holes facing the team in 2014. [The] Red Sox are confident of being able to replace center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury even while acknowledging that rookie Jackie Bradley Jr. likely will represent at least a short-term offensive drop-off. But that doesn't solve the riddle of who will bat leadoff. ... "Obviously we've had one guy there for a long time," general manager Ben Cherington said. "Ellsbury, when he was healthy, was hitting leadoff. But there's different ways to do it. We've got some candidates to do that. Maybe it's more than one guy." In time, the Sox are hopeful that Bradley can inherit the leadoff spot.

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December 23, 2013  08:38 AM ET

Give Jackie Bradley Jr. a shot. Put him in his comfort zone and see what happens. He's always been a leadoff hitter, and a successful one at that wherever he's played.

December 23, 2013  09:05 AM ET

Victorino or even Pedroia could bat leadoff, although I don' t think they want to use Pedroia there.

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December 23, 2013  09:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Agree with you. At least on a part-time basis, JBJ might be okay. I also think Cherington still has a move or two to make regarding the lineup, such as resigning Drew and maybe acquiring a platoon partner for JBJ.

yeah, if they get Drew back then Middlebrooks becomes expendable. And from what I've read, for some reason a lot of teams are intrigued by this guy.

December 23, 2013  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

yeah, if they get Drew back then Middlebrooks becomes expendable. And from what I've read, for some reason a lot of teams are intrigued by this guy.

Teams are interested because of his potential power (especially since he supplies it from the right side), even with his deficiencies.

December 23, 2013  10:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

yeah, if they get Drew back then Middlebrooks becomes expendable. And from what I've read, for some reason a lot of teams are intrigued by this guy.

Drew will end up back in Boston. There is no big market out there for the guy, as he is learning everyday. The Red Sox would do well to move Middlebrooks sooner rather than later. One more year hitting .227 and his value lessens.

December 23, 2013  10:33 AM ET

Just give the current player some of Ortiz's "eye drops" and they will dramatically improve.

December 23, 2013  10:33 AM ET

*players

December 23, 2013  12:48 PM ET

Cruz the free agent OF still available,and he could give higher boost to the red sox offense!!

December 23, 2013  01:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Cruz the free agent OF still available,and he could give higher boost to the red sox offense!!

Bad fit.

December 23, 2013  03:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Drew will end up back in Boston. There is no big market out there for the guy, as he is learning everyday. The Red Sox would do well to move Middlebrooks sooner rather than later. One more year hitting .227 and his value lessens.

The only other place I can see him going is the Mets, but I don't think they are planning on spending much more.

December 23, 2013  04:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

The only other place I can see him going is the Mets, but I don't think they are planning on spending much more.

Boras is having a bad month.

December 23, 2013  05:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

yeah, if they get Drew back then Middlebrooks becomes expendable. And from what I've read, for some reason a lot of teams are intrigued by this guy.

most teams are under the impression jenny dell comes with middlebrooks

December 23, 2013  05:54 PM ET
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Boras is having a bad month.

That's true - on the flip side, if landing a $130 mil, 7 year contract for a future platoon player is a "bad month", you are pretty good at what you do.

<involuntarily vomits in mouth>

December 23, 2013  05:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Give Jackie Bradley Jr. a shot. Put him in his comfort zone and see what happens. He's always been a leadoff hitter, and a successful one at that wherever he's played.

since you have the prospects, definitely play 'em. The Sox blueprint seems to have worked a little.

December 23, 2013  05:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Bad fit.

Wonderful fit. Give him a nice 5 year, $80 mil contract. Please.

December 23, 2013  08:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Wonderful fit. Give him a nice 5 year, $80 mil contract. Please.

That sounds like something the Yankees would do.

 
December 23, 2013  10:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

That sounds like something the Yankees would do.

It is. Which is why it is a great idea.

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