Plenty will happen with the Red Sox over the course of the next five months as Ben Cherington tries to build a last-place roster into a first-place one for the second time in his tenure as general manager.

The Sox have bountiful trade chips and only a handful of truly untouchable players in the majors and minors. Outside of David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia, anybody could be moved for the right return.

Here are some projections of what the roster could look like come Opening Day in 2015:

No. 1 starter

James Shields: Forget Jon Lester, the Red Sox made it clear when they traded him that they don’t intend to pay him what he is worth. In Shields, who turns 33 in December, the Red Sox can get a reliable starter for a shorter-term deal. Look for them to overpay on the average annual value to get a three-year deal.

No. 1 starter, Plan B

Trade Mookie Betts and Henry Owens for Johnny Cueto of the Reds. He is 12-5, 2.48 in 23 interleague games and a legit stud. The Red Sox are in desperate need of a top-flight starter and Cueto fills that need.

No. 2 starter

Justin Masterson: The team’s collective confidence (or is that hubris?) will convince them they can fix Masterson, who has a 5.97 ERA this season. Masterson once worked with John Farrell when he was a Sox prospect, after all. Masterson is not a bad gamble for the right deal; he could turn into the next Phil Hughes.

No. 3 starter

Clay Buchholz: Buchholz has the ability to be a No. 1 or a No. 2. But he has yet to make more than 29 starts in a season. Until he shows he can stay off the disabled list for a full season, it’s impossible to trust Buchholz in a …read more