Boston Red Sox 2013 Season Preview:
Manager: John Ferrell (1st Season)
2012 Record: 69-93 (5th in AL East)
Key Additions: Manager John Ferrell, P Ryan Dempster, OF Jonny Gomes, OF Shane Victorino, 1B Mike Napoli, P Joel Hanrahan, SS Stephen Drew
Key Losses: OF Cody Ross, P Mark Melancon, OF Scott Podsednik, 1B James Loney
2013 Outlook: The 2013 Boston Red Sox are in a calm and peaceful state of mind. Gone is outspoken skipper Bobby Vanlentine, and forming Blue Jays manager John Ferrell has stepped in. His presence has already had an effect on the clubhouse, and the general attitude of the team is improved.
The Red Sox also made moves to make the team better on the field. It started before last seasons trade deadline when General Manager Ben Cherington shipped high dollar contracts in Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez, and Carl Crawford. Cherington has done a lot of good with the money he freed up. Jonny Gomes is a great addition with a power swing and good plate discipline. Victorino is a solid veteran who will contribute and be a positive influence in the clubhouse. Outside of a question mark with the health of DH David Ortiz and Stephen Drew, Boston will score often.
Ferrell has already helped bring back confidence in ace Jon Lester, whom he worked with during his time as the Red Sox pitching coach. The starting rotation will need to click from opening day for Boston to be a player in the AL East. Along with Lester, the Red Sox will likely have Clay Buchholz, Ryan Dempster, Felix Doubrant, and John Lackey who is coming off of Tommy John Surgery.
It will be tough for the Sox to win the AL East, but if everything work out right, they might be able to earn a Wild Card spot in the post season. They will be a much better team in 2013, but they still have a few pieces missing, and a few question marks in the field.