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Red Sox: Take 'em or leave 'em?

Your chance to play GM includes deciding whether prospects are ready for majors

Updated: November 7, 2013, 6:48 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

In the days following the Red Sox's third World Series title in 10 years, even general manager Ben Cherington acknowledged the full 25-man roster from the championship team would not be back next season.

The Red Sox have seven free agents, three of whom were extended one-year, $14 million qualifying offers. They also have prospects who have either shown they're major league ready (Xander Bogaerts, Brandon Workman) or are knocking on the door (Jackie Bradley Jr., Anthony Ranaudo).

We're asking you to play GM here. Which of the free agents would you like to see the Red Sox bring back? And which of the young players/prospects do you think are major league ready? Vote in the polls below and let's see if Red Sox Nation agrees with me.

Free agents

S. Drew, SS

Edes: And Will, too, for depth. Bring him back.

Your call?

  •  
    46%
  •  
    54%

(Total votes: 21,369)

J. Ellsbury, OF

Edes: He'll command top dollar. Let him go.

Your call?

  •  
    55%
  •  
    45%

(Total votes: 21,478)

Hanrahan, RP

Edes: Bullpen insurance in June. Bring him back.

Your call?

  •  
    31%
  •  
    69%

(Total votes: 20,976)

J. McDonald, IF

Edes: Nice that local guy shared in Series. Let him go.

Your call?

  •  
    12%
  •  
    88%

(Total votes: 20,213)

Mike Napoli, 1B

Edes: No better protection for Papi. Bring him back.

Your call?

  •  
    94%
  •  
    6%

(Total votes: 21,047)

Salty, C

Edes: McCann price will be too high. Bring him back.

Your call?

  •  
    64%
  •  
    36%

(Total votes: 20,909)

M. Thornton, RP

Edes: He had a nice run, but not here. Let him go.

Your call?

  •  
    11%
  •  
    89%

(Total votes: 19,647)

Young players/prospects

X. Bogaerts, SS

Edes: Early favorite for Rookie of Year. He's ready.

Your call?

  •  
    98%
  •  
    2%

(Total votes: 16,991)

Bradley Jr., OF

Edes: Premium defender; bat will come. He's ready.

Your call?

  •  
    61%
  •  
    39%

(Total votes: 16,729)

Drake Britton, P

Edes: Sox have the luxury of time. Not ready.

Your call?

  •  
    23%
  •  
    77%

(Total votes: 15,858)

R. De La Rosa

Edes: 'Pen may eventually be his fit. Not ready.

Your call?

  •  
    25%
  •  
    75%

(Total votes: 14,956)

Lavarnway, C

Edes: Bet here is Sox will shop him. He's ready.

Your call?

  •  
    59%
  •  
    41%

(Total votes: 15,336)

Chris Martin, P

Edes: 6-7 righty killing it as closer in D.R. He's ready.

Your call?

  •  
    45%
  •  
    55%

(Total votes: 14,448)

Middlebrooks

Edes: Don't give up on 20-25 HR power. He's ready.

Your call?

  •  
    88%
  •  
    12%

(Total votes: 15,727)

A. Ranaudo, P

Edes: Probably midsummer helper. Not ready.

Your call?

  •  
    9%
  •  
    91%

(Total votes: 13,980)

A. Webster, P

Edes: Let him grow into role with Sox. Not ready.

Your call?

  •  
    20%
  •  
    80%

(Total votes: 14,202)

B. Workman, P

Edes: Showed composure down stretch. He's ready.

Your call?

  •  
    96%
  •  
    4%

(Total votes: 15,441)


Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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