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The Red Sox need some magic in 2013 or 2021, but here’s why it won’t happen

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Tomase: Red Sox need some magic in 2013 or 2021, but here’s why it won’t happen appeared in the original NBC Sports Boston

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to me red socks To defy expectations and conquer this season, it will take a miracle in the style of 2013 or 2021.

Here’s why that doesn’t happen.

When we remember those magical seasons—first finish in the Boston Strong World Series, second in Game 6 of the ALCS—it was the focus on signing to the budget that made an impact.

What the Red Sox lineup, rotation, and bullpen could look like in 2023

In 2013, General Manager Ben Sherrington used savings from the massive trade for Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett to boost all levels of the roster. He added Shane Victorino, Mike Napoli, and Johnny Gomez, as well as reliever Koji Uehara. The result was a team that thrived through the regular season and then beyond David OrtizEd her way to the address.

Eight years later, Chaim Blum followed a similar script. In Kike Hernandez, Renfrew hunterAdam Ottavino, the acquisition of the trade lead Kyle Schwarberthe Red Sox built a superior middle class that had a rocking Fenway in October.

Neither team was built to last, it turns out, but for one year each made indelible memories. Too bad we routinely get the narrative about them wrong in a way that shows just how likely 2023 is to deliver a vengeance.

Chaim Bloom and the front office are definitely aiming in that direction, eschewing free big-money customer additions to overhaul the bullpen and add a couple of mid-level bats. All stars are closer Kenley Jansen Highlights Reconstituted relief corps, while offensive upgrades were limited to Japanese defensive player Masataka Yoshida And the Aging third baseman Justin Turner.

Tomase: Let’s not kid ourselves… Devers is next to go

In a typical Red Sox roster, these moves might put the team to work. But this group is missing a key component of the 2013 and 2021 squads: established stars.

The heroes were loaded with nails. 300-30-100 of his career before splashing out into the playoffs. Dustin Pedroia played an agonizing practically from Opening Day winning a Gold Glove while finishing seventh in the MVP race. Jacoby Ellsbury led the American League in steals during the free agent push. John Leicester reminded us why he wanted the ball in the big games. They were all members of the 2007 Champions, and despite all the juice Victorino and Co. This season isn’t going anywhere without the remnants.

Same goes for 2021. Yes, Renfro and Hernandez combined for the top 50 players, but it was the 2018 World Series veterans who carried the team. shortstop Xander Bogaerts He won his fourth Silver Slugger Award. Third baseman Rafael Devers Busted with 38 homers and 113 RBIs. DH JD Martinez rebounded from a dreadful 2020 to lead the league in doubles. Right fielder Nathan Ivaldi made his first All-Star team.

Either way, we focused on the additions because they were new. But the foundation for success was laid by the already seasoned stars – the 2023 players the Red Sox certainly lack.

Outside of Divers, where is their outstanding talent? Bogarts gone. Martinez is gone. Eovaldi may also be gone. They still haven’t replaced the MVP Mookie Petsespecially since an outfielder Alex Verdugo She’s hardly the poor man’s version of Andrew Benintende.

That’s a bunch of talent pouring in, a meager return of talent, and here’s the biggest indictment of the Crew in a loaded American League East: If the Red Sox hit every single one of their free agents this winter, they could end up dead. past anyway.

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