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After adding players like Marwin Gonzalez and Kiké Hernandez to a roster that already features Michael Chavis, Jonathan Arauz, and Christian Arroyo, the Red Sox will have tremendous lineup flexibility to start 2021. “Who plays where” won’t be an overarching topic, but a day-to-day question. Second base is the biggest question in the Red Sox infield. Any of the players named above could fill the role, meaning there should be a pretty intense competition during spring training. First base could see move movement throughout the season as well. Chavis likely has the inside track, but if he ends up at second base or struggles early in the year, Bobby Dalbec could get a chance. In the outfield, just about every spot involves moving pieces. Alex Verdugo is likely locked into a lineup spot, but has the versatility to be moved around as needed. Franchy Cordero and Hunter Renfroe could be lefty/righty platoon candidates on the corners, with Gonzalez and Hernandez factoring in as well. Then of course, there’s still the unknown in Jackie Bradley Jr., who remains a free agent.

By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

The Red Sox haven’t been very active in free agency so far, but it’s not for a lack of trying. After missing out on Corey Kluber last week, the team was once again spurred at another position of need on Thursday.

According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the Red Sox “tried hard” to land Jurickson Profar before he agreed to a three-year, $21 million deal with the San Diego Padres. Profar fits the mold of utility infielders the Red Sox have been linked to all winter, some of who are still available.

Back in December, it was reported that the Red Sox had “strong interest” in infielder Kiké Hernandez. According to Chris Cotillo of MassLive, The Red Sox negotiations with Hernandez “may be heating up” as Spring Training gets closer.

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Cotillo also names former Astros and Twins utility player Marwin Gonzalez as a fit. In his last full season, the 31-year-old hit .264 while playing six different positions for Minnesota.

Another potential target is Marcus Semien, who has been linked to the Red Sox since Christmas. The 30-year-old has been primarily a shortstop over the last few years, but played second base early in his career and would provide the Red Sox with a solid bridge to prospect Jeter Downs.

Other current free agents who fit the mold the Red Sox are currently looking for include Brad Miller, Jonathan Villar, and Brock Holt.

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