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3 Man Bench?


What was unthinkable to me a week ago, now doesn't seem so unreasonable.  Can the Sox still trade Lowell during Spring Training and possibly go with a 3 man bench?   Let's examine the bench:

Varitek -  Varitek picks up a few extra starts if they needed to slide VMart to 1B to give Youkilis a day off or two.  If Varitek or VMart go on the DL, Wagner figures to get the call.

Hall - If he can back up 2B, SS, 3B and both corner outfield positions, he can get into a fair amount of games.  If he or a starting infielder goes down, I would assume that Lowrie gets the first call.

Hermida - Backs up each corner outfield spot and Ortiz.   Can he play some 1B?  His ability to serve as the 2nd or 3rd 1B could prove to be the key to a 3 man bench.  If Hermida or an outfielder goes on the DL, Reddick gets the call.

The good - a shallow bench gives more opportunities to Hall and Hermida.   It also allows you to carry 13 pitchers.

The bad and ugly - A thin bench doesn't provide a great deal of wiggle room.  If a couple of players need a few days off, you could be in trouble.  Is a 13 man staff a good thing?   Three (Beckett, Lester, Lackey) starters should get you deep into games.  A healthy Wakefield could give you multiple innings out of the pen leaving you 7 other relievers fighting for innings.

Could a three man bench work?

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