Originally written on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 1/1/12

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According to a major league source, the Red Sox weren’t engaged in talks for outfielder Carlos Quentin, whom the White Sox traded to the Padres Saturday for pitching prospects Simon Castro and Pedro Hernandez. One of the major concerns regarding Quentin from the Red Sox’ perspective, according to the source, was the 29-year-old’s ability to patrol right field in Fenway Park.


The Red Sox’ right field scenario currently includes newly-acquired Ryan Sweeney from the left side of the plate, along with holdovers Darnell McDonald and perhaps converted infielder Mike Aviles from the right side. Ryan Kalish, who is recovering from shoulder surgery, figures to enter the mix once cleared to play the outfield sometime early in the season. [...]

WEEI: Carlos Quentin didn't fit into Red Sox' right field plans, and some Ryan Madson news

I don't think many of us were banking on Quentin ending up with the Sox. The Sox did not like what he had to offer on the defensive side. Some may overlook his lack of ability to patrol a big right-field while looking at his offensive numbers. Quentin hit 24 homers in 118 games and is making less than J.D. Drew ($7.5 million), so that would seem to be appealing, but defensive ability is their excuse.

The long-term solution for right field is pointing in the direction of Ryan Kalish. He took a step back with the extended stay on the DL in 2011, but he is young and has progressed since returning from the DL. The Sox are just looking for insurance policies for the outfield and will make excuses for not pursuing a big name. Pitching is their main concern and they are not skewing too far from that focus. 

Related: Globe: Padres get Quentin from White Sox for 2 prospects

On Page 2...Buster Olney is fond of the Red Sox lineup

ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney ranks the Red Sox lineup No. 1 in all of baseball:
1. Boston Red Sox

Part 5 of this week's series examines the top 10 lineups in the big leagues for 2012 -- and it's all about run production:

The 2011 Red Sox will be remembered for their September collapse, for beer and fried chicken. But they also led the majors in runs, and there's no reason to think they won't continue to generate a whole lot of offense, with so many elite hitters -- Jacoby Ellsbury, Adrian Gonzalez, Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, Kevin Youkilis, Carl Crawford. Run production won't be a problem.(...)


ESPN Boston: Buster Olney: Sox lineup is MLB's finest

Hats off to Buster Olney for pointing out the obvious. Sure they started the 2011 season a little rough, but they eventually got the ball rolling. The offense kept this team afloat for much of the season, then they reverted to their early season struggles in September. All of that is in the past and this offense does have a bright future.

There are very little concerns with this lineup going into spring training. The biggest concern is Carl Crawford and he will be on a very short leash with the fans. If he has an Ortiz-like April, he will be digging into Bobby V's chest of disguises to get around town. He is going to have to get used to the criticism, because he is here for the long-haul. No one is going to take that contract off of the Red Sox hands if he doesn't perform. I'm getting a bit off-topic, but I just want Crawford to stop being such a *****. 

Happy New Year!

The rest of the links:

Herald: An unraveling of the Sox | AL East offers early intrigue | Ballot initiative | Globe: The expanded New Year version: Apropos of nothing | Projo: Andrew Bailey was never supposed to be a reliever long-term

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