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Projected Roster 2008

Almost the exact same team that left the field after winning the Series:

2B Pedroia
1B Youk'
DH Ortiz
LF Manny
RF Drew
3B Lowell
C 'Tek
SS Lugo
CF Ellsbury

C Miribelli
Inf. Cora
1B Casey
OF Kielty
(I assume a Coco trade)

SP Beckett
SP Dice-K
SP Wake
SP Lester
SP Buchholz
RP Tavarez
RP Snyder
RP Lopez
RP Delcarmen
RP Timlin
RP Oki
CP Pap

40-man roster guys who might make the final 25: pitchers Bryan Corey, Craig Hansen, Craig Breslow, and Daniel Aardsma (#1 in baseball history on the alphabetical list); outfielder Brandon Moss. Ok, there are other players on there, but none that'll make the team out of camp. One other note, this guy they signed, Jonathan Van Every, seems like nice insurance in the outfield from Pawtucket.


Non-Roster Invitees: Kevin Cash, the catcher who almost made us forget about Dougy M. both due to his talent behind the plate with Wake and his inability to make contact with the baseball; former Brewers all-star closer Dan Kolb, seems to have lost everything quickly, but worth thr…

Stand by your man(s)

I have never really been a big fan of either player before or since they started playing for the Sox, both because I have felt their on-field talent was overrated (often by themselves and their agents) and because their personalities seem to shine through and be less than appealing. But, I am glad to see that the Sox stuck with Julio Lugo and J.D. Drew. Yes, we won the Series last year and they both played well enough to not hinder that venture. But, they neither lived up to their billing prior to the 2007 season, especially offensively.

I am glad they are here still because the Sox have seemed to have a tendency to invest long-term and big money in top tier veteran players, then if/when they don't blow everyone away, they dump them after a year. Think Edgar Renteria. Renteria came to town after the first Series win and, a la Jose Offerman, took over for two very popular players in Nomaaa and the O.C. We signed him for 4 years and $40 million, then dumped him after a year fo…

Closing In

A few small things have happened in the last few days as the t's are dotted and the i's are crossed heading into "spring" training. We have liftoff very shortly:

Pitchers & Catchers - Feb. 15
First Workout - Feb. 16
Position Players - Feb. 20
First full workout - Feb. 21

Here are some interesting happenings, mostly from the Globe's blog:
Brendan Donnelly signed with the Tribe. I thought he'd be back or retire. I was frankly worried about how a career minor leaguer would afford what is probably expensive rehab from Tommy John surgery. I guess that wasn't a reasonable concern. I liked Donnelly, though the mention in the Mitchell Report does sour my feelings about him.The Sox are "close to signing" Japanese catcher Hayato Doue, 25, to a minor-league deal. Here are his international league stats: .322 with 7 HRs and 50 RBIs in 89 games. Obviously, the organization could use yet another …

The Mayaa

I'm sure some of you think this Santana non-deal is the story of the hour in Sox world. Y0u are wrong.

The story of the moment is the signing of Sean "The Mayor" Casey to backup Youkilis at first base. There are a few things at play here.

Casey is a 3-time allstar who can still play the game (with an otherworldly lack of power). I can't imagine he'll play as little as Hinske did. And if he does, he won't hit anywhere close to the .296 he hit last year in 143 games with the Tigers. The man has never played fewer than 120 games in a season. I think we can expect pretty paltry offense, but good at bats, from Casey. Unfortunately it's not just raw talents like our old fiend Wily Mo Pena who can't hit when they play only once a week.

This move gives the team flexibility at first and third (by moving Youk to third when Lowell needs a breather). However, they will be less flexible than last year since Hinske could play a decent corner outfield.

So, that …