None of the offseason moves transacted by the Sox this offseason has gotten nearly as much attention as Roy Halladay, Jason Bay, Matt Holliday, Chone Figgins and John Lackey. But I have to be honest, I’m excited about what the Sox have done.
While we’ve lost some of our favorite sons in Jermaine Dye, Scott Podsednik and Jim Thome, it was really time to shake things up with some new energy. The 2010 version of the Sox is going to be exciting to watch and a much different team that we’ve seen in a while. The starting staff, led by Jake Peavy, is excellent and certainly the best in the division. The slow-footed Sox have been replaced with more speed and versatility, i.e. Juan Pierre, Mark Teahen and in-season acquisition Alex Rios. The bullpen is better with the addition of J.J. Putz and the bench is solid with Andruw Jones, Mark Kotsay and Omar Vizquel, who supposedly will all be part of the DH rotation as well.
It’s only December, but here’s a look at what the 25-man roster could look like on Opening Day:
Tyler Flowers (might start at AAA Charlotte, which means there may be a need for a backup)
Mark Kotsay (will play the outfield as well)
Time will tell whether or not it all comes together, but it’s a few days before Christmas and I’m predicting an AL Central crown in 2010.