There have been some years where the manager of the Red Sox could comfortably write out the same lineup on an almost daily basis.
The 2021 season will not be one of those years.
"We're going to have a lot of moving parts,'' said manager Alex Cora. "This roster gives us that flexibility. On a daily basis, we'll take a look at it and go from there and attack whoever we face that day with the best lineup that we can put out. That's the benefit of having a flexible roster, versatile players and good players and we're going to do that this season.''
The additions of Kiké Hernández and Marwin Gonzalez means the Red Sox will have plenty more flexibility in constructing the lineup. And with several other newly-acquired players -- Franchy Cordero and Hunter Renfroe, most notably -- who have difficulty with some pitching matchups, that further increases the possibility that there will be regular adjustments.
Put simply, of the nine spots on the lineup card, only five will be occupied by the same player -- more or less -- daily: third baseman Rafael Devers, shortstop Xander Bogaerts, DH J.D. Martinez, outfielder Alex Verdugo and catcher Christian Vazquez.
The rest -- second base, first base, left field and right field -- will be far more interchangeable.