That’s not to say that these positions will be bad. They just don’t stand out. Salty should have a fine season as he officially leaves Tek’s shadow. This is his team, and his staff now. That should be a nice weight taken off his shoulders. He should be able to put up numbers at least as good as last year’s.
In 2011, the Red Sox right fielders were the worst in baseball. Apparently, a statue of Dwight Evans would be an improvement. So, how can you not be pleased with any player going out there? It might not be an all-star, but it will be better.
As for shortstop, it’s not like they’re replacing Nomar out there. Scutaro was good, sure. But, I don’t think he did anything we can’t expect out of Aviles.
Basically, the best offense in Major League Baseball should see an improved bottom of the order in 2012. That’s an exciting prospect. Even if they players themselves aren’t.
So, what do I expect for this group? Rather than a player, I’ll go with a position prediction.
Now let the games begin, and see if I’m right!