Originally Posted by blandman
The Red Sox lineup was built around 4 guys (Ortiz, Pedroia, Ellsbury, and Napoli) capable of winning the MVP and others (like Victorino and Drew) who have been well above average players in their career. When you add the Gomes' and Inglesias' of the world to that roster, it does not have the same effect as when you add them to a roster that was last in runs and walks last year. It's completely the other end of the spectrum.
I'll go with that analysis. But when people say the Sox need 7 players, I believe it's implied that they are more along the Drew/Victorino variety v the Gomes/Inglesias. And Victorino and Drew are above average, but not "Well" above average. You can look at St Louis' hitters and that is an OBP machine that is "Well above average" practically cross the board, that we can never come close to matching. Now where 7 Victorinos gets us, I don't know. Unless Garcia and Abreu are all star hitters, we'll still have a long way to go.