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David Ortiz isn't in the lineup tonight, and frankly, that might be for the best. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
David Ortiz isn't in the lineup tonight, and frankly, that might be for the best. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Well, after trading away Adrian Gonzalez, you can't really expect much out of these lineups anymore, and frankly, that might be for the best. At 60-66, the Red Sox aren't going to make the playoffs, and right now, wins aren't worth a thing beyond a smile.

In fact, they might cost more than that. The mLB draft is always the overlooked draft, but having a high pick certainly makes a difference, especially now that the new CBA determines draft budget based on position. The Sox are currently top-15, but it wouldn't be hard at all to fall into the top-10, and they wouldn't have to go much further to run into the sixth spot.

Yeah, nobody wants to see a losing last-place Red Sox team in a vacuum, but if you're sacrificing a few smiles in a lost year for the chance to really boost the 2013 draft, that seems like a pretty good deal.

The first step? Let David Ortiz take it as easy as he needs, and start playing the kids.


Lineup

BOSTON RED SOX KANSAS CITY ROYALS
Scott Podsednik, LF Jarrod Dyson, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B Alcides Escobar, SS
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Alex Gordon, LF
Cody Ross, RF Billy Butler, DH
Mauro Gomez, 1B Salvador Perez, C
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C Mike Moustakas, 3B
Ryan Lavarnway, DH Jeff Francoeur, RF
Mike Aviles, SS Eric Hosmer, 1B
Pedro Ciriaco, 3B Tony Abreu, 2B