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McAdam: Red Sox assistant GM Zack Scott details the thinking behind Mookie Betts’ lineup move

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The 2019 Red Sox will look very much like the 2018 Red Sox.

The rotation returns intact from a year ago, and so does the starting lineup. If you count first base as a platoon spot, the Red Sox will have the same 10 players on a daily basis that they had a year ago -- allowing for the projected return of Dustin Pedroia, who participated in just three games in 2018.

The one change evident will come in the batting order. Last month at the winter meetings, Alex Cora revealed that he intends to flip Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi in the order, with Betts dropping down to second and Benintendi elevated to the top spot.

But even that shouldn't be a radical change.

When Cora first began contemplating the switch, he sought input from Zack Scott, the Red Sox' senior vice president/assistant general manager who handles much of the advanced metrics in the club's Baseball Operations department.

Scott thought about it for a minute and agreed it made sense.