Red Sox Keeping Xander Bogaerts, Pablo Sandoval, Or Both?

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Jun 30, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Boston Red Sox third baseman

Pablo Sandoval

(48) watches shortstop

Xander Bogaerts

(2) catch a pop up for the final out of the game as the Red Sox defeat Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

It’s no secret that the Boston Red Sox will want to sure up their starting rotation, now and in the off-season. It’s fun to bandy about big names to excite a fan base that is struggling to care about their beloved team when the Red Sox sit in the American League cellar. They can beat up on other anguishing teams, but that won’t solve the problems that Boston’s had with their team. If they are to change their fortunes, the brass in the front office are going to need a plan, which may or may not involve some big sacrifices.

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Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe believes that there are a number of options that the Red Sox could take. Most of which include taking advantage of other clubs’ free agency problems later this fall. Teams like the New York Mets and San Diego Padres have some players that may not be around much longer, as they brought these names into the fold to succeed right now, with varying results. Granted that Cafardo also believes that the Red Sox should be “considering kicking John Farrell upstairs” to bring in a new manager, some members of Red Sox Nation may not want to hear the rest of his suggestions with graceful patience. It may depend on clarification of what he means by ‘upstairs’, whether an office or a holy land; however, let’s not promote violence, as baseball is just a game, right?

In a more forgiving light, let’s examine Mr. Cafardo’s suggestions: