Where will Sox turn before spring?

January, 3, 2012
Dan Szymborski of the Baseball Think Factory has an Insider story that looks at what each team in the majors needs to do before pitchers and catchers report to spring training next month.

Szymborski lists the teams based on how active they figure to be in the next six weeks and ranks the Red Sox second (behind the Prince Fielder-lusting Washington Nationals). Here's Szymborski's take on Boston's needs:

The waiting may be the hardest part, but the Red Sox came out very well at closer, getting Andrew Bailey for Josh Reddick -- who is more likely to be a fourth outfielder down the road than a starter -- and two lesser prospects. The team still needs to consider options in right field -- Ryan Sweeney is a nice throw-in, but he's a versatile role player rather than a starter in a corner spot.

Boston could use another starter but is unlikely to go after Edwin Jackson. The Red Sox should try to get Roy Oswalt on a short-term deal with performance incentives.

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