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Depth Is Off Season Priority

If no one ever got hurt, I'd actually be pretty fine with the Sox starting the season without signing or trading for anyone (with one exception to be explained a bit later).

Xander Bogaerts and Will Middlebooks at short and third is pretty darn good.  Bogaerts might have his rookie ups and downs, but he's clearly going to be very good - not sure about the glove though.  Middlebrooks can hit 20 homers in his sleep and play decent defense, which isn't too bad.  He hit 17 homers in only 94 major league games this year and everyone can agree he was about as bad as he could be.

At first, I actually think Mike Carp is a better hitter than Mike Napoli, but a worse fielder.  Carp starting would mean another middle of the order lefty alongside Papi.  But with Bogaerts replacing Drew, that should offset that issue.  Carp is 27 years old to Napoli's 32 (and what's that in catcher years?).  He showed off power and a high on base percentage.  And that is not out of character fr…