In fact, their ability to draft and develop players is a big reason they’re able to be so active when it comes to wheeling and dealing. And while many of the Red Sox’ trades have paid off over the years, there’s still some former farmhands who could be extremely helpful in 2012.
Kelly Shoppach, a former second-round pick of the Red Sox in 2001, has already returned to his roots this offseason. He’ll likely serve as the team’s backup catcher. But with some other question marks still on the roster, which other current players who started out in the Red Sox system would you most like to see return for 2012?
We’re talking about guys who were originally drafted or signed by the Red Sox, but ended up appearing in less than 75 games with the big club in Boston. And, of course, this is all hypothetical. In other words, we’re looking at it from a fantasy perspective.
The following 10 players are of all different positions and ages, but they each started out in the Red Sox organization. Take a look and feel free to tell us who you think would fit in best with the 2012 team.