Boston Red Sox all-time starting lineup based on WAR

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All-time best Red Sox lineup: 4. Dwight Evans, RF

Rounding out the outfield, we take a leap forward in Red Sox history and get to talk about good ole Dewey. Dwight Evans spent 19 seasons with the Red Sox, holding down right field for both the 1975 and 1986 teams that came agonizingly close to snapping the Curse of the Bambino, and was truly a great all-around player for the Red Sox during his time here.

Evans racked up 66.5 career WAR in Boston, placing him fourth on the all-time rankings. Going through the rankings, I would have never guessed that Dwight Evans would place fourth, considering he's never really discussed in the pantheon of greatest Red Sox players as much as the guys that surround him on the list. Evans' closest competition in right field is someone who is still active: the most recent Red Sock to win an MVP award and first-round draft pick of my fantasy team this year, Mookie Betts. Betts achieved 42.2 WAR during his time in Boston, rounding out the top 10 of the all-time rankings.

Evans bats cleanup to keep the alternating hands of the bats, and to pretty much serve as leadoff for the middle third of the lineup. Foxx and Williams are going to be doing a lot of damage before Evans in the lineup, so I'm going to use Dewey here as a way to get someone new on base or to try and keep runners moving over for the middle part of the lineup to knock more runners home. Not the most powerful hitter, but Evans could get on-base, and I think he could keep an offensive onslaught going.