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An interesting twist on a way-too-early, first guess at the roster...

Do you think this could happen?

1B - Gonzales

2B - Pedroia

SS - Iglesias

3B - Youk

LF - Crawford

CF - Ells

RF - Ross

C - Salty

DH - Papi

OF4 - Sweeney

OF5 - McDonald

C2 - Shoppach

UT - Aviles

SP1 - Beckett

SP2 - Lester

SP3 - Buchholz

SP4 - Bard

SP5 - Aceves

Long Relief 1 - Doubront

Long Relief 2 - Padilla

Long Relief 3 - Miller

RP - Albers

RP - Morales

SU - Melancon

Closer - Bailey


Obviously, the surprise I'm calling for is Iggy at starting SS. Bobby V is a fundamentals guy more than Tito. A guy removing extra hits from opponents is as good as a guy getting extra hits in his eyes. Aviles would still get a fair amount of playing time - mostly at third in late-game defensive time and to keep Youk fresh on other days. I know the odds are much better that Punto will spell Aviles at SS while Iggy works on his hitting at AAA, but I have a hunch Bobby V goes with Iggy's defense.

Any of the long relievers here could get SP5, but I think Aceves is the most valuable so he should get the most innings. The other guess is that Lavarnway goes back down to AAA, but with the understanding that he's got a permanent first-call, standby ticket to Boston if any hitters get injured.

Besides Punto, I would guess several pitchers will also be on the bubble like Ohlendorff, Silva, Mortensen, and some others that aren't coming to mind right now.

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