Hot Stove 2010: Options to fill LF

The offseason is all about choices, especially for a big market team like the Red Sox. What choices give you the best chance of winning, while preserving value and organizational depth? Filling a hole by getting the best available player now may not be the best move, because it could leave you hamstrung somewhere else. As a team with a number of needs this offseason, let’s take a look at some of the options to fill left-field and compare them.

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Breaking down the Red Sox lineup: Dustin Pedroia

Hitting second: Dustin Pedroia
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After winning AL Rookie of the Year honors despite a horrible April and a broken hamate bone the last month plus of 2007, Dustin Pedroia has hit the ground running in his sophomore season. No slump for this guy, who just seems to will his way on base. He’s taken 121 PA as the #2 hitter, and has gone .336/.375/.473 in that role. He’s continued to hit well at Fenway, boasting a .333/.369/.487 line there versus .271/.316/.343 on the road. Pedroia has also scorched relief pitching this year, hitting .365/.404/.558 in 58 PA with 7 doubles, his only HR and 11 RBI.

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