The Red Sox have a lot of outfielders. A WHOLE lot of outfielders. Including Mookie Betts, Rusney Castillo, Yoenis Cespedes, Hanley Ramirez, Daniel Nava, Allen Craig, Jackie Bradley, Jr. and Brock Holt. They also have Shane Victorino, coming back from back surgery. And as he tells Rob Bradford of WEEI, he thinks that he’s the man in right field:
“If you think there’s somebody better in right, be my guest,” he said. “Obviously health will dictate that. But if I’m healthy if there’s a better outfielder in right field then show me and go out there and do it. I’m not saying that in a cocky or arrogant way. It’s just how confident I am to know I should be the starting right fielder.”
That health is the key, of course. If he is healthy, yes, he should be the starter. He’s probably the best defensive option in right and if he’s close to where he was offensively in 2013 he’s one of the better bats too.
But there are a lot of ifs in all of that, including the if regarding who will be on the Sox’ roster come spring training. Because you have to figure they’ll be trading an outfielder or two.