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Pieces are scattered all over the floor. The Red Sox’s 2015 puzzle isn’t one that will be easily assembled. Boston really needs to rack its brain.

The Red Sox plummeted from the pinnacle of Major League Baseball to the depths of the American League East in a matter of 11 months. The defending World Series champions finished 2014 with a 71-91 record, netting them the No. 7 overall pick in the upcoming draft. It’s been an almost incomprehensible fall from grace, but there’s no sense chomping on sour grapes, especially since the Sox intend to contend in 2015.

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington already started revamping the roster at the trade deadline, realizing it was sensible to deal pieces that likely wouldn’t be part of Boston’s future. The GM’s maneuvering created even more questions, though, as the club has several holes that must be filled before Opening Day.

Predictions are a good way to make yourself look like an idiot. Some of us are willing to roll those dice. So, let’s predict away.

The following 2015 roster projection — fueled by speculation and one man’s hunches — is based on the Red Sox’s needs, players potentially available, etc. And yes, a lot of brain-racking was involved.

Lineup
Mookie Betts, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, DH
Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Chase Headley, 3B
Mike Napoli, 1B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Rusney Castillo, RF
Christian Vazquez, C

Bench
Ryan Doumit, C/OF/1B
Brock Holt, IF/OF
Domonic Brown, OF
Daniel Nava, OF

– The Red Sox’s outfield is where the party’s at. Cespedes, Castillo, Betts, Nava, Holt, Jackie Bradley Jr., Allen Craig, Shane Victorino and Bryce Brentz are among the current internal options.

Cespedes, Castillo and Betts are the likely starters if all three remain with the organization. Castillo played center field in all 10 of his major league …read more