From Failure to Fall Classic: Who’s on deck?

Photo Credit: by John Angelillo/UPI

Photo Credit: by John Angelillo/UPI

Boston Red Sox

By finishing last in the American League East, the Red Sox fell flat on their face last year. They were done in by a patchwork starting rotation and the under performance of last season’s free-agent acquisitions, Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval and Wade Miley. Rest assured, the Red Sox brass would not wallow in their own pity, they moved swiftly once the offseason started, acquiring David Price and Craig Kimbrel to help improve their beleaguered pitching staff.

All was not lost for Boston in 2015 as they received excellent years from what they hope to be the next wave of stars in Bean town. Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts proved their staying power and look to be future All-Stars. Blake Swihart and Jackie Bradley Jr. also performed well down the stretch proving a glimpse of what they can offer in 2016. Veterans Dustin Pedroia, Ramirez, and Sandoval all are coming off down seasons, but at least on paper are more than capable of putting up big numbers as well. Finally, no conversation about the 2016 Boston Red Sox will be complete without mentioning David Ortiz. Ortiz has announced that this year will be his final season and something tells me Big Papi has one more run of October magic left in his mighty left-handed bat.

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