The 2018 Boston Red Sox lineup should look like this

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 14: Christian Vazquez
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 14: Christian Vazquez /
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ST. PETERSBURG, FL – JULY 7: Hanley Ramirez /

3. DH Hanley Ramirez

If you are able to get the speedy Betts and Benintendi on base in the first inning, you’re going to want to bring some power to the plate. The #3 through #6 hitters in this hypothetical lineup bring just that.

Hanley Ramirez will be fully healthy as the 2018 campaign begins, and he says that he feels better than ever. That’s a great sign for Boston. Last year, Hanley hit just .242 with 23 home runs and 62 RBI. His OPS was just .750. Ramirez will look to bounce back next year though, probably with about a .270 average, 25 home runs, and 80 RBI.

Ramirez says he feels as good as he did for all of the seasons he spent with the Marlins when he was in his 20s. It’s unlikely that we’ll see Hanley start swiping bags again like he did in his younger days, but perhaps he can have a late career spike in production at the plate once again. A little uptick in his average would go a long way for the Boston Red Sox offense in 2018.