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Showing posts from December, 2015

2016 Sox Coming Along but Still Some Questions

The Red Sox have clearly made great progress this off-season.  By acquiring ace David Price, relievers Craig Kimbrel and Carson Smith, and outfielder Chris Young, they have effectively filled their three biggest holes - and added a young future closer in Smith.

The Sox' biggest problems looking ahead to 2016 are mostly not fixable at any reasonable price.  They are also not insurmountable.  Their top issue is infield defense, followed by outfield offense, and rotation depth.  Minor league depth is also an issue but that will likely be - and already has begun to be - solved through non-roster invitees and minor league free agents

Infield Defense
Going into 2015, I was dead-on convinced that the Sox would have a excellent infield defense with only one question mark: Xander Bogaerts.  I was perfect in this prediction in that everything I thought was wrong.  The Panda looked less Kung Fu and more pick up sticks. Mike Napoli was gone by mid-August.  Pedrioa missed much of the season a…