The 2018 Boston Red Sox lineup should look like this

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 14: Christian Vazquez
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Keeping the pressure on, Boston should slot their 2017 AL Rookie of the Year candidate into the 2-hole. He hit .271 last year with 20 home runs, 90 RBI, and 20 stolen bases. If both Betts and Benintendi find a way to get on base early, Boston will have plenty of speed on the bases to really get the opposing pitcher thinking. In 2018, Baseball Reference projects a .276/17 HR/74 RBI/13 SB season for Andrew, but that seems really low. He should improve from last season and hit at least another 20 bombs.

Benintendi could also be making a switch to center field defensively if the Red Sox add a big name outfielder to their mix. I believe they will, and that could lead to a Jackie Bradley Jr. trade. If that were to happen, Benintendi is the logical center fielder, not Mookie Betts. Betts is too solid as a right fielder, and the new outfielder should be able to adjust to Fenway’s Green Monster. The young, athletic, Benny Teddy would get his shot to show what he can do in center.