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So, the Sox actually have prospects for once. And they are not purely trade bate to snag Larry Anderson. I think there is a very good chance that a few Sox prospects may play significant roles THIS year, let alone next year when we may have to take a page out of the Brave's book and rely on a steady influx of youngsters along with solid veterans.

This year you may see Jon Papelbon, Cla Meredith (better than he looked earlier this season) or even Craig Hanson, who hasn't even yet signed out of St. Johns (that's a college, not a minor league affiliate), help out the roller coaster bullpen. Bullpen help, as always mid-season, is over-priced and unreliable. Do you really think a guy out of no where who's pitching great in front of 5 people in Pittsburgh would survive the Nation? If you said yes, shut up, you're dumb.

We may also see Dustin Pedroia take over for Bellhorn at second if he doesn't turn it around soon. He's on a pace for over 180 strike outs and is not the clutch hitter with surprising pop that he was last year and which allowed us to forgive the strike outs (which are more dependent on his unwillingness to ever expand the zone than to his inability to hit). You also may see Adam Stern take a bench spot, especially if we can move Payton.

There's a possible youth movement in Boston. It may kick off this month.

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