Sorry to cite this, but, via Dan Shaughnessy (Boston Gobe):
In an e-mail to the Globe’s Amalie Benjamin last month Henry explained that the Sox might not be as good this year, writing, “Those reali ties are a function of available talent and age-related transitioning once again, as we did prior to 2007.’’
Tuesday at the winter meetings in Indianapolis, Epstein hammered at the same theme with “we’re kind of in a bridge period. We still think that if we push some of the right buttons, we can be competitive at the very highest levels for the next two years. But we don’t want to compromise too much of the future for that competitiveness during the bridge period.’’
If the Red Sox don’t add an offensive piece to left field — for instance, if they choose not to resign Jason Bay or sign Matt Holliday — will they be able to compete with the Yankees for AL East supremacy next season? In my opinion, it seems unlikely (and perhaps the front office knows that). They could add defense-first pieces rather than offense-first pieces, such as Mike Cameron, who is still solid offensively, or, after trading Mike Lowell, Adrian Beltre. This would help them to limit runs scored against Jon Lester, Josh Beckett and the rest of their staff, but it would not help much with regards to scoring runs, something that they seemingly need given the state of David Ortiz’s bat and the lack of offensive production provided by the newly signed Marco Scutaro (then again, if the team’s defense allows fewer runs to score, then their offense won’t need to score as many to win). The Sox don’t seem eager to add Roy Halladay, either, ergo, I wonder if they have the pieces necessary to best the Yankees in the division come 2010.
There’s always the Wild Card, which I’m sure they’ll compete for, but still…
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