Rumors of the Red Sox pursuing Washington Nationals' star outfielder Bryce Harper have begun to circulate around the city of Boston. While the Red Sox have a surplus of outfielders on the roster, none have the skill set of Harper, and the Red Sox do not seem comfortable playing any of them in right field every day.
Harper would also bring a much-needed left-handed bat to the lineup. If you were to project the lineup for the Red Sox in 2015, based off their current roster, there would be one lefty in the lineup - David Ortiz, along with a switch-hitting Daniel Nava in right. While they have so many outfielders, the lack of left handed bats in the lineup seems like it could worry the team, leading to these Harper rumors.
Harper is a career is a career .272 hitter who averages 25 home runs, 95 runs, 68 RBI and 14 steals over a 162 game season. His is only 22 years old despite having already played three seasons in the major leagues.
If the Red Sox were to make a play at Harper, he would most certainly not come cheap. The deal would most likely have to have outfielder/second baseman Mookie Betts as the centerpiece, with other top prospects involved as well.
Assuming Yoenis Cespedes is not traded over the offseason, and there is no guarantee of that, an outfield with Cespedes in left, Rusney Castillo in center, and Harper in right would be one of the best outfields in the game.
Remember, these are just rumors. However, it is tough to not get excited about the possibility of such a dynamic young player joining the Red Sox next season.
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