The Red Sox have a lot to sort out in the outfield, but they can have a successful offseason without trading Shane Victorino.

The offseason obviously sucks. As bad as this season got, especially towards the end, it was nice to have the option to turn on NESN and watch the Red Sox lose if there was nothing else to do. Even if they were getting blown out, there was at least the chance of Jerry Remy’s tooth falling out on live television. Of course, there’s still playoff baseball to watch for the next month, but things are still better when the Red Sox are on TV. With that being said, the offseason isn’t all bad. It’s always fun to pretend you are capable of being an MLB GM and make your own winter plan. This is even more true this year, since the Red Sox have so many different roads they can take.

Among the many things Ben Cherington has to address in the coming months is the crowded outfield. With Yoenis Cespedes, Mookie Betts, Rusney Castillo, Daniel Nava, Shane Victorino, Brock Holt, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Allen Craig all under contract for next year and capable of playing in the outfield, there are decisions to be made. There may be a way to make it work with all of these guys still with the organization, but that scenario would seem to be less than ideal. One of the most popular ideas to clear some space is to find someone to take Shane Victorino off our hands.

On the surface, it’s a move that makes plenty of sense. In his two years in Boston, he has proven that he is incredibly injury-prone. With all of this depth, it may not even be worth the headache of having to worry about contingency …read more