2014 Record: 71-91 (last in A.L. East)
Manager: John Farrell, 3rd season.
Key Additions: OF Hanley Ramirez, 3B Pablo Sandoval, SP Rick Porcello, SP Wade Miley, SP/RP Justin Masterson, RP Anthony Varvaro, C Ryan Hanigan.
Key Losses: OF Yoenis Cespedes, SP Jon Lester, C David Ross, 3B Will Middlebrooks, SP Rubby De La Rosa.
Projected Lineup (in my opinion):
RF Mookie Betts
2B Dustin Pedroia
DH David Ortiz
LF Hanley Ramirez
3B Pablo Sandoval
1B Mike Napoli
SS Xander Bogaerts
CF Rusney Castillo
C Christian Vazquez
Projected Starting Rotation:
Justin Masterson/Anthony Raunado
Top Relief Pitchers:
Closer, Koji Uehara
Setup, Junichi Tazawa
Middle guy, Anthony Varvaro
Biggest Loss: Jon Lester
Although Lester was dealt at last years Trade Deadline, the rumors of him resigning with the team in the offseason and then choosing to sign with the Cubs, made it feel like we lost him. A lot of people could argue that Cespedes was our biggest loss, but we got Hanley to replace him and several other solid outfielders behind him. The reason why I believe Lester is our biggest loss is because we now don't have an ace, missing another 200+ innings guy, and a guy who's going to show up and pitch well in October. Lester will be missed greatly.
Biggest Aquisition(s): Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval
With trouble at third base since the Kevin Youkilis era, the Red Sox haven't found a third baseman that can produce for them on an every day basis. They finally got that in Pablo Sandoval. Sandoval helped lead the Giants to three world titles in five years, winning MVP in 2012. His defense can be a little suspect with weight issues, but we do know that Pablo will rake for us. Sandoval, a career .294 hitter, believes his bat is suited for Fenway Park and peppering balls of the historic monster. As far as Hanley goes, the Red Sox knew they would most likely lose Cespedes to free agency next off-season, so locking up a power bat for the next few seasons was a smart idea. We know Hanley can hit, but he has been plagued by injuries and is making a transition to left field this year, which will be interesting to see how it turns out.
If the Red Sox rotation hold up okay and the lineup produces like they're supposed to, I think the Red Sox will finish first in the AL East.
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