I was just thinking about the changes I would make if I wore the Gorilla suit.. Players under contract/exclusive rights Player Position Signed through J.D. Drew RF 2011 Papi DH 2010 Mike Lowell 3B 2010 Jason Bay LF 2009 Youk 1B Arbitration eligible Pedroria 2B Rookie contract Ellsbury CF Rookie contract Lowrie SS Rookie Contract Josh Becket SP 2010 Dice-K SP 2012 Wake SP 2009 Lester SP rookie contract Buchholz SP rookie contract Bowden Sp rookie contract Okajima RP 2009 Papelbon RP Arbitration Eligible Delcarmen RP rookie contract Masterson RP Rookie contract Players they need to unload.. Julio Lugo SS 2010 CoCo Crisp CF 2009 I think that they will re-sign Varitek, they will pick -up the very inexpensive club option they have for Okajima. And the Sox will pick-up the perpetual option they have with Wakefield. Hopefully they can sell Crisp and Lugo off for maybe some nice lawn furniture or whatever. They are getting out from under the Manny contract, and hopefully will relieve themsleves of both Coco and Lugo. that leads 6 roster spots open... I think that we can all safely assume that Jed Lowrie has won the starting shortstop job, and that Buchholtz or Bowden or both will be in the rotation next year. 2009 Lineup Ellsbury CF Pedroria 2B Papi DH Youk 1B Drew RF Lowell 3B Bay LF Varitek C Lowrie SS Starting Pitchers Beckett Dice-K Wake Lester Buchhotz/Bowden I see no reason to get another starter, CC Sabathia would be great, and it would keep him away from the yankees, but I dunno how he is going to do in either enviroment. Relief Pitchers Papelbon Okajima Delcarmen Masterson Guess who is going to be a free agent next year? Derek Lowe, he would be a great signing if they could convince him to go back to the bullpen (imagine him in the 8th), I wouldn't mind seeing him in the rotation either. I wish their was some sort of right handed power hitter out there, but their really isn't (unless you count that Manny guy). Still in all, you have to hand it to Theo, he has bult this club for the long haul, and mostly form the farm.