By MyFM's Jake Archer- Last time we spoke about the Red Sox, it was late June and they were moving along nicely as a first place club on their way to a postseason berth. Obviously a lot transpired after that and the team finished up in another disappointing ALDS loss. To make matters worse, the three other teams in the American League that stand as Boston’s chief competition still seemed to be closer to winning a World Series, with one of them doing just that. Those teams include the New York Yankees, the Cleveland Indians and the world champion Houston Astros.
The Sox have a ton of talent up and down their roster but they have some glaring holes and leadership issues. The clubhouse seemed to be a mess for most of the past year and manager John Farrell took the fall for that as he was fired after the season. Boston brought in the man they wanted though, as they signed former Red Sox utility man Alex Cora to be the new skipper. With that out of the way, the offseason looked like it would be exciting.
Fast-forward to now and we are in late January. Spring Training is right around the corner and almost nothing has happened with the Red Sox adding or subtracting actual players. Granted, not much has happened around the league as a whole because for some reason this is the slowest offseason of all time and all of the top free agents refuse to sign contracts. The things that have happened though, have been negatives for Boston, with the biggest being the Yankees getting Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins for basically nothing.
So when are things going to change? It feels like the year is already going to be more boring and less productive than the last. Sure, we had a first place team with great players like Chris Sale and Mookie Betts. It is not enough though, and Sox fans are going to tune out this year because of boredom. That’s not to say that the team needs to overpay for some of these free agents, but at this point at least it would be something to get the juices flowing. I guess we’ll just have to continue to wait and savor the football season for this last tiny bit that is left of it.