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November 5, 2013

Red Sox have some major decisions to make

Lester, Napoli, pitching and Ellsbury up for discussion

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e didn’t allow any earned runs in 8.2 innings out of the bullpen during the postseason after some struggles as a reliever during the regular season.

Workman is more comfortable as a starter, although he became more aggressive as a reliever during the playoffs.

Value system

Understandably, many Red Sox fans are fed up with Clay Buchholz’s durability and wouldn’t mind if he was traded.

But Buchholz has ace potential and the Red Sox might not receive equal return if they trade him this offseason after he struggled with a shoulder injury for much of the regular season and then experienced shoulder fatigue in the playoffs.

On the other hand, John Lackey’s value is possibly at its highest after he posted a 3.52 ERA during the regular season and 2.77 ERA in five postseason outings.

Lackey might bring back a return more than his worth so it would be wise for Cherington to explore the market for the righty, who was the winning pitcher in the deciding Game 6 of the World Series.

Reconsidering Victorino

Signing Shane Victorino to a three-year, $39 million deal last offseason seemed to be a monster mistake. But now it looks like a tremendous deal.

Victorino batted .294 with a .351 on-base percentage, .451 slugging percentage, 15 homers, 61 RBIs, 26 doubles, 21 steals and a league high 18 hit by pitches.

While he played only 122 games because of some nagging injuries, he never went on the DL and was in the lineup almost every day during the stretch run.

He played every game in August, through some pain, and batted .328 with a .392 OBP, .578 slugging percentage.

Victorino also had one of the most underrated beards of all Red Sox players.

Overlooked Ortiz

When you say the phrase “under the radar,” the last thing you think about is David Ortiz.

His offense production never goes under the radar, but sometimes his leadership does.

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