Hard to get overly enthusiastic about the boys of summer during AFC Championship Week, but nonetheless, what's the early line on roster speculation?
C (2) Varitek, Mirabelli
1F (5) Lowell, Lugo, Cora, Pedroia, Youkilis
DH (1) Ortiz
OF (5) Ramirez, Cora, Pena, Drew, Hinske
SP (6) Schilling, Beckett, Matsuzaka, Papelbon, Wakefield, Tavarez - (somebody always gets hurt, dead arm, or something)
RP (6) Pineiro, Timlin, Donnelly, Romero, Delcarmen, Okajima
Bubble: Hansen, Breslow, Snyder (4 inning Kyle), Hansack, Lester
Surprises? Timlin will lose it (completely) one of these years, Lester (good argument to start the season in AAA if healthy). Hard to see Okajima not sticking as sidekick.
Yes, Wily Mo could be trade bait (along with either of the corners for more power) or Coco could go...
The paper said that the Schillings plan to live here after he retires? Maybe once you get the craziness into your system, then you can't leave. Or maybe his family really enjoys it here, or the causes that they promote have epicenters in the Boston medical community. Whatever the reason, welcome aboard. And now if we can only convert him to becoming a Patriots fan...