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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 throwing out there and maybe having in Pawtucket; Keith Ginter, a second and third baseman with some good MLB experience including hitting 19 homers in 2004, so he might be insurance if Cora breaks down; there are also some of our top prospects on the non-roster invitee list (Lowrie, Bowden, and Masterson) which doesn't mean much regarding their talent but might make the Sox a bit more reluctant to add them to the 40 man and lose someone from it; there's also a guy named Hunter Jones who I've never heard of, but he's a 24 year old lefty who's 6'4" and 235 lbs. Wowsa. Be sure he doesn't sit on Dustin.

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