The past offseason (2014), the Boston Red Sox were supposed to be the #1 contender to win the World Series this year (2015) because of some trades and free agent signings. They spent a lot of money acquiring players like Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez. And made some trades that landed them some quality pitching.
After having won on 2013, but coming up way off in 2014, they were destined to win it all again in 2015. All those signings and trades, added to their talented roster that included David Ortiz a.k.a. Big Papi. This team was meant to be a run scoring machine. And that it was! They finished in 4th place overall in the entire league, per ESPN.com. So the offseason moves accomplished what it was meant to do; score.
Unfortunately they forgot that defense is also needed to win games. In this category they were ranked 25th out of 30 teams, in runs scored allowed. Obviously that defeats the purpose of scoring many runs if you allow the other team to do so as well.
Either more money will be spent by the front office acquiring good pitching, or maybe they’ll realize they should just trade some bats for better defense.
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