Roche: Don’t Give Up On Will Middlebrooks And Other Offseason Red Sox Thoughts

November 12, 2013 4:39 PM
Roche: Don’t Give Up On Will Middlebrooks And Other Offseason Red Sox Thoughts
BOSTON (CBS) — Some offseason thoughts as we turn our attention to the Hot Stove season as Ben Cherington begins to shape the 2014 Boston Red Sox:

" –A year ago, Ben Cherington inked catcher David Ross to a two-year deal. At the time, I wrote that it could turn out to be the best free-agent signing the Sox have all offseason. You could make a strong case that it was. Ross became a Jason Varitek type of player for the Sox, especially in the postseason, where he was an integral part of taking the advance scouting info and helping shape a game plan against the opponent. He also caught the final final three games of the World Series and really worked well with the pitching staff. Ross is a guy that will be a manager when he’s done playing … if he chooses to be.

–As for finding a partner to catch with Ross, let’s take a look at a potential lineup before we go any further:

1. Shane Victorino, RF 2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B 3. David Ortiz, DH 4. Jonny Gomes, LF 5. Daniel Nava/Mike Carp, 1B 6. Will Middlebrooks, 3B 7. Xander Bogaerts, SS 8. David Ross, C 9 "

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