Boston Red Sox: Who will make 30-man Opening Day roster?

Red Sox infielders Rafael Devers, Xander Bogaerts. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
Red Sox infielders Rafael Devers, Xander Bogaerts. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /
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Red Sox outfielders

For the outfielders, Benintendi, Bradley Jr., Pillar, and Verdugo (assuming he is healthy) are all considered locks. The only competition will be for the starting spots. If Verdugo is healthy, Pillar will probably come of the bench. If Verdugo isn’t ready for the Opening Day although he already said he is, Pillar would start.

If the Red Sox somehow decide to add another outfielder for the Opening Day roster, Marcus Wilson is the only other outright outfielder not named JD Martinez that is on the 40-man roster. Wilson went 5-for-19 in Spring Training, but Wilson will most likely play in Triple A. Peraza can also play in the outfield if need be.

Martinez will be our designated hitter after another great 2019 season. He made the All-Star team after hitting .304 with 36 home runs and 105 RBI in 146 games. He played 18 games in the outfield in 2019, but with so many options in the outfield, JD will probably serve as the designated hitter for most, if not all, of his appearances in 2020.

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With a lot of unknowns and new faces going into the 2020 season, Red Sox fans have a lot to be excited for. There are no expanded playoffs for 2020, so the Red Sox will look to secure one of the two AL Wild Card spots if they can’t beat out the Rays and Yankees for the division. Either way, baseball is coming back and we no longer have to deal with the owners and players association disagreeing.