The Boston Red Sox have had a season to forget. Two last place finishes in three years isn’t going to make a fan base too happy, and that is even with a World Championship in between. However, Boston knows this and appears ready to make some big changes this offseason.
The Red Sox could be seen right now as a franchise that many other teams will envy, despite where they are in the standings. They are a big market team that can go out and sign a premium free agent or two. They also have the financial flexibility to really address some needs. Not only that, their farm system is absolutely stocked with prospects. They can pretty much make any trade they want.
At this point, they could make a huge trade to get someone like a Giancarlo Stanton or a Chris Sale. The Philadelphia Phillies were scouting the Red Sox for weeks and that could mean a trade for Cole Hamels. If Boston wanted to, they could pay Jon Lester the money he was looking for and bring him back.
Starting pitching for the Red Sox is the first priority. Clay Buchholz, otherwise known as the “Man of Glass,” cannot be relied on to be the ace of this rotation right now. Boston can rebuild their rotation and do it quickly and effectively. Ben Cherington is definitely going to be in for what could be a busy and exciting offseason.
I know that as a Red Sox fan, I almost have the attitude of counting down the days until the season thankfully ends and then be excited to see what is going to happen this winter. The Red Sox are holding all the cards and should make the Hot Stove League burn.
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