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Adam LaRoche? Mike Napoli? How about Jerry Sands as the Red Sox first baseman

Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

LOS ANGELES - APRIL 18: Jerry Sands #47 of the Los Angeles Dodgers, making his Major League debut, records his first Major League RBI with a sacrifice fly in the third inning the Atlanta Braves on April 18, 2011 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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While Boston gets linked to every conceivable free agent out there, Sean McAdam of notes that it’s quite possible that the Red Sox’ next first baseman is already on the roster:

General manager Ben Cherington said at last week’s GM meetings that Jerry Sands could be a platoon option at first base.

Sands was the player to be named later in the blockbuster trade with the Dodgers last season. He only has 251 plate appearances under his belt, but he certainly does have a pronounced platoon split. Against righties, he hits .204/.301/.289. Against lefties: .316/.372/.532.

There’s a chance he still may figure it out against righties too -- he’s a career .289/.376/.562 hitter in over 2000 minor league appearances overall -- but even if he turns out to be a AAAA player as a full time guy, he could have some value in a platoon role.