Projecting the Red Sox Lineup After Mookie Betts Trade

JD Martinez headlines the projected lineup for the 2020 Boston Red Sox
JD Martinez headlines the projected lineup for the 2020 Boston Red Sox / Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

Mookie Betts and David Price have finally been shipped out of Boston after the Red Sox completed a deal to send the pair to the Los Angeles Dodgers. However, fans that are assuming the 2020 season is all doom and gloom must have forgotten that Boston still has one of the deepest lineups in all of baseball.

Following Wednesday's blockbuster, here's how the Red Sox project to lineup in 2020:

Red Sox Projected Lineup Without Mookie Betts

1. Andrew Benintendi, LF

2. Xander Bogaerts, SS

3. Rafael Devers, 3B

4. JD Martinez, DH

5. Alex Verdugo, RF

6. Michael Chavis, 2B

7. Mitch Moreland, 1B

8. Christian Vazquez, C

9. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF

Even after the loss of Betts, that group is not a team which should be overlooked. The infielding tandem of Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts combined to hit 65 homers and drive in 232 runs, while hitting .311 and .309 respectively.

Martinez, who has hit .313 with 124 home runs across the last three years, has a nice young 1-2 punch of Verdugo and Michael Chavis behind him. Mitch Moreland is likely good for 20 homers when healthy and backstop Christian Vazquez notched 23 homers in a breakout year. While JBJ remains a liability at the dish, he a reliable defensive weapon in the outfield.

As deadly as that lineup looks, what can't be argued is the fact that Betts was the table-setter, best overall talent, and heartbeat of that group. This is by no means a lowly group, but the loss of Betts will certainly sting.