It is hot stove season for baseball and if there were any doubts about the Red Sox wanting to take on the Yankees for the AL East next year, they were quickly erased. The trade for Adrian Gonzalez and the free agent signing of Carl Crawford brought out much optimism for Sox fans.
These moves were much needed since a lot enthusiasm for the team dissipated with their 3rd place finish last season. Granted Boston was plagued with injuries to key players such as Kevin Youkilis and Victor Martinez as well as the mediocre at best pitching performance from its starters.
As far as pitching, hopefully Josh Beckett will return to form and John Lackey will pitch up to the expectations of his big contract. The departure of Victor Martinez to Detroit leaves a hole in the catching position. Sure, team captain, Jason Varitek, was resigned for another year but he will serve as more of a backup than a starter.
The addition of Adrian Gonzalez at first base will surely move Kevin Youkilis to third base and forcing Adrian Beltre to be the off man out despite his good season with the team last year.
Mike Cameron joining the Red Sox outfield will not only add a good fielder but a good bat to the team’s offense.
Red Sox fans have a lot to be excited about next year and hopefully this new revamped line up will deliver on its potential. The ultimate goal being adding another championship banner.