10. Justin Smoak, Mariners: Smoak has been a disappointment since he was acquired in the Cliff Lee trade with Texas. The Mariners pursuit of offense makes Smoak less need and the price may not be too high. But, questions exist over whether he will ever meet expectations set a few years ago.
9. Brett Wallace, Astros: Wallace would be worth taking a chance on as the price would be very low. He has yet to establish himself in Houston and may not be a regular player this season. A change of scenery could help and would not hurt the Red Sox if he struggles.
8. Justin Morneau, Twins: This move would certainly become the centerpiece of the Red Sox offseason. It is unlikely though, as the Red Sox will probably not part with the necessary pieces to obtain Morneau. He is an intriguing possibility.
7. Daniel Murphy, Mets: Murphy was comfortable a couple of year ago at 1B.
He has established himself offensively the past couple seasons. It is unlikely there is a match though.
6. Gaby Sanchez, Pirates: Sanchez is coming off a very down season split between Miami and Pittsburgh. However, he is just a season removed from two very solid seasons in 2010 and 2011 (.273, 19, 85 and .266, 19, 78, respectively). He also is a very good defensive 1B and could be had for cheap as he does not seem to be guaranteed a starting spot with the Pirates.
5. Matt Carpenter, Cardinals: Carpenter showed he could probably handle an every day job last season. Problem is, he is unlikely to play every day with Allen Craig playing 1B and Carlos Beltran, John Jay and Matt Holliday in the outfield. A trade for a similar talent could benefit both teams.
4. Lucas Duda, Mets: Duda is a disaster in the outfield; his best position is
1B. The fact that he has some power could be attractive for the Red Sox. He
may benefit from the fresh start.
3. Michael Morse, Nationals: With the Nationals signing Adam LaRoche, whom the Red Sox saw as a backup plan if the Napoli deal fell through. Now that Morse is expendable, add the Red Sox to the list of teams of Morse suitors.
2. Tyler Colvin, Rockies: Similar to Morneau, it would take a lot for the Rockies to trade Colvin. The fact that he may not have a position could entice the Rockies to consider moving him and he played well at 1B when he played there last season. A good fit, but would Boston be willing to part with what it could take to bring him in?
1. Garrett Jones, Pirates: Jones has hit over 20 HR in 3 of the last 4 seasons. The Pirates may be willing to move him and he could benefit from playing in