2015 Boston Red Sox Armchair GM: Spend big or go home

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Sep 17, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Boston Red Sox left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) hits balls to infielders during batting practice before playing the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Trade Yoenis Cespedes

With Allen Craig ready to step into left field, Cespedes is a luxury for this team. One who will almost certainly walk next winter but could net us some prospects this winter to reload after trading for Tyson Ross. The team will be a little power starved if this is done, however, and that is why I didn’t include it in the base plan.

Sep 15, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder

Jason Heyward

(22) reacts after he flies out in the ninth inning of their game against the Washington Nationals at Turner Field. The Nationals won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Trade for Jason Heyward

The Red Sox really like Heyward. I have heard the most rumors about their interest in James Shields, followed closely by Pablo Sandoval, but Heyward is the surprising number three. He would look very good ahead of or behind Rusney Castillo in the lineup and beside him in right field. But he will be a free agent next fall, and unless the team is very concerned about Victorino, I wonder why they wouldn’t wait a year. I should note that this trade is probably contingent on a Mookie Betts trade, and would also become likelier if Cespedes is moved.

Sep 8, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder

Giancarlo Stanton

(27) hits a solo home run in the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Go big… Giancarlo Stanton or Chris Sale

Boy would these two bad boys look good in a Red Sox uniform next year. But I just don’t know how feasible it is. Sale would probably require Swihart who I am not prepared to give up, and the Marlins still firmly assert that Stanton is not available. Who knows… we will have to wait and see with these two; can’t even

speculate yet.