By: Peter G.
The 2015 season for the Boston Red Sox can pretty much be summed up as a disappointment. Newly signed player like Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez weren’t playing up to their standards and prospects weren’t growing into good players. To add the cherry on top of the an already tough campaign, John Farrell had to leave the team at the end of season for medical reasons. 2015 was not a fun year to be a Red Sox fan, but 2016 looks to be a lot more promising for Red Sox Nation.
On August 18, 2015, Dave Dombrowski was named the President of Baseball Operations for the Red Sox. Dombrowski has had a 28-year career of building Major League Baseball teams that has included six playoff appearances, three league pennants and one World Series victory with three teams. With the hiring of Dombrowski, everyone knew that a big offseason was on tap for the team. Dombrowski was able to sign the star left-handed pitcher David Price and that immediately sent a burst of confidence into the whole team.
David Price has had a very illustrious career so far. He is a five-time all star who also won the 2012 American League Cy Young Award. Price signed a seven year, $217 million dollar contract to be a member of the Red Sox organization this offseason and he adds a much needed boost to the Sox starting pitching staff. The Red Sox were going with Clay Bucholz, Rick Porcello and Joe Kelly before they signed Price so needless to say, this was a great signing.
Other improvements have been made on the team as well. Hanley Ramirez who had previously played shortstop and third base has begun his full transition to playing first base. Right fielder Mookie Betts is looking like he could become a real star and Xander Bogaerts is turning into one of the best shortstops in the major league. Hopefully all the players making changes and young players can play up to there potential.
The Boston Red Sox are often one of the hardest teams to predict and 2016 is no different. After back-to-back finishes at the bottom of the AL East, many think that another one could be in store. But, with Price added to the pitching staff, many think they could be a wild card team or even win the AL East.
As a die-hard Red Sox fan I am always optimistic. I always expect the best, even if I know it may not be possible. Is the 2016 team a World Series team? Probably not. Can they make a run? I think so. This Sox team has a lot of potential to be a dark horse and start upsetting teams like we all know they can.