Andrew Bailey may have headlined the Red Sox' recent trade with the Athletics, but Ryan Sweeney could be a name Sox fans begin to hear more as the season approaches.
Sweeney, who also arrived from Oakland in the deal, is one of the players who could be fighting for playing time in right field this season. General manager Ben Cherington spoke very highly of Sweeney's skill set, saying that the 26-year-old can play solid defense and has the ability to go the other way, meaning he could leave a few dents on the Green Monster in 2012.
Cherington also discussed Darnell McDonald's role this season, and the GM feels the Sox don't necessarily have to make a move in order to bolster the lineup before Opening Day. Cherington also believes there's enough pop in the lineup as constructed, meaning the focus has been primarily on adding pitching depth.
To hear more from Cherington on the Red Sox' current right-field situation, check out the video above from Red Sox Hot Stove Live.