As Spring Training starts, fans are starting to think about the upcoming season. Below is an article from guest blogger Matt Smith which summarizes the changes the Red Sox have made heading into 2015:
With the recent news that the Boston Red Sox have signed top free agent prospect Yoan Moncada, it is safe to say that the franchise has successfully erased a dreadful 2014 campaign from the minds of many. After winning at all in 2013, nothing really went right for them last season. However, going out and getting new talent is the best way to get back into not only the American League East race, but the World Series discussion as well.
People in fantasy baseball 2015 are going to be really excited to see this lineup in action. While Moncada will be heading to the minors to instantly be one of the stars at that level, Boston will rely on some veteran infielders to help out the offense right away. Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval were rivals in the National League West last year, but now they very well could be starting on the left side of the infield for the Boston Red Sox. No one knows for sure if Ramirez is going to play shortstop or move somewhere else, but they know that he is one of the best hitters in the game. At this point, he will probably end up in left field so Xander Bogaerts can play shortstop. Sandoval is also someone known more for his bat, but he actually plays a pretty solid third-base for a guy who is a bit on the heavy side.
Pitching is going to be the biggest thing standing in the way of another title for the Boston Red Sox. They are going to rely on guys like Clay Buchholz and Rick Porcello to anchor the staff. There are some quality arms that they can go after in a trade to solidify the rotation, but right now it is below average. Most of the pitchers on their staff are marginal prospects at best in fantasy baseball 2015.
Baltimore lost a lot of talent from 2014, and the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays have some holes to fill as well. The Tampa Bay Rays appear to be in full rebuilding mode at this moment, so that leaves the American League East pretty much up for grabs. The Boston Red Sox feel like they have significantly improved their team, and now it is time to see what they’re made of.