1 Jacoby Ellsbury playing left field this year batted .355 last year
2 Dustin Pedroia who was almost moved to SS this year will bat 2nd. Pedroia had 15 homers and 72 RBI while batting .296 in 2009
3 Victor Martinez the new starting catcher hit .303 with 23 homers and 108 RBIs in 2009
4 Kevin Youkilis batted .305 with 27 homers and 94 RBI while only commiting 1 error in the field last season
5 David Ortiz is look to have a better year, he had a very bad start and still finished with 28 homers and 99 RBI
6 J.D. Drew the only player who wasn't in jepordy of playing a different postion batted .279 with 25 homers last year
7 Adrian Beltre will be playing 3rd, hit .265 with 8 homers coming off an injury last year he looks to have a better offensive year
8 Mike Cameron now in centerfield batted his lifttime average of .250 last year and has hit 20 or more homers 7 out of the last 9 years
9 Marco Scutaro is coming of his best year offensively ever he had 162 hits with an average of .265
The pitching staff this year has added another 'ace' in John Lackey. Now with three aces Jon Lester, Josh Beckett, and Lackey who combined had 43 wins last year look to be a 1, 2, 3 knock out rotation this year. All of Red Sox Nation is hoping the $100 million man, Dice-K, will have more than 12 starts and 4 wins in 2010.
This coming season, number 46, Jacoby Ellsbury will still be in the outfield, but he won't be running into the Stop and Shop sign in center field. Instead, he will be running into the scoreboard. Ellsbury will be switching his position to left field while Mike Cameron will be roaming center field and the 420 triangle. "Jacoby Ellsbury is a very good center fielder who is going to be a great center fielder," Theo Epstein said. The move has to do with Cameron's experience playing center and Ellsbury would have an easier time playing in the shadow of the Green Monster. The Sox are building a team that is going to have one of the best defenses in the league. With the addition of the speedy Cameron and Beltre, one of the premiere 3rd base defenders in the game, the Sox will surely have a great denfesive team.
The Boston Red Sox have a tentative deal with free-agent Adrian Beltre. The deal is for one year for $10 million. This deal also includes a $5 million player option for 2011. However this doesn't block the Adrian Gonzalez deal totally. If Jed Hoyer GM of the Padres and Theo can come to agreement to move Gonzalez to the Sox Theo might have some deal in mind. I would rather see Gonzalez instead of Beltre. Beltre, a career .270 hitter, only hit 8 home runs with 44 RBI last season. Hopefully Beltres numbers improve after his injury plagued season to his 2004 season where he hit 48 homers. While Gonzalez, a career .281 hitter with 40 homers and 99 RBI last season, would help the Sox a lot. With this deal close to completion, it will be interesting to see what happens with Mike Lowell in the upcoming weeks.
There have been reports Today 1/5/10 that Lowell could be traded to the Mets for infielder Luis Castillo.
Aroldis Chapman has gotten the attention of most of the major market baseball teams. On Dec. 14th he had a workout session in Houston, Texas in front of nearly 40 scouts and coaches. The Marlins made an offer for Chapman along with the Cubs and Red Sox shortly after the session. Since then the Yankees, Blue Jays, Angels, and A's have showed interest in him. The 6' 4" hard throwing lefty has impressed many clubs with his fastball that is clocked at 102 MPH. The Red Sox have offered him the most money right now, a deal that is worth $15.5 million. It would be great to get Chapman although if he starts in the minor league I don't think that would be the best move to pay a minor leaguer over $15 million. The Sox should use their money for some offensive power, they need a bat for the 3 or 4 hole to keep the pressure of Big Papi.
On Dec. 30th Mike Lowell underwent surgery on his right thumb to repair his torn radial collateral ligament. According to reports Lowell should be ready near the end of February, just in time for spring training. The Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Fort Myers Feb. 18th along with injured players. The first full team practice is scheduled for Feb. 24th. I hope Lowell has a great year with the Sox so he can show Theo and the rest of the front office that he is still a great player and asset to the team with his defense and bat.