2015 Recap: Boston Red Sox
Boston Red Sox (78-84, fifth in AL East)
So which team is the real version of the Red Sox? The team that won the World Series and 97 games in 2013? Or the three other teams that finished in last place in the AL East three out of the last four years? Considering that intrinsic figures from that team like Jacoby Ellsbury and Jon Lester, who were also on the 2007 championship team are two years removed and that Dustin Pedroia appeared in only 93 games, these aren’t Theo Epstein’s Red Sox. Even David Ortiz, who hit 37 home runs and drove in 108 RBIs at age 39 in 2015, will no longer be there in the coming years.
CF Mookie Betts: G 145, AB 597, HR 18
SS Xander Bogaerts: G 156, AB 613, BA .320
DH David Ortiz: G 146, AB 528, HR 37
SP Clay Buchholz: GS 18, IP 113.1, ERA 3.26
UT Brock Holt: G 129, AB 454, BA .280
Biggest need: Third baseman
The Red Sox signed Pablo Sandoval for five years and $95 million. In his first year, Sandoval played 126 games and hit .245 with a .658 OPS and he struggled in the field with 15 errors and limited range. Utility man Brock Holt had 105 plate appearances at third, but he was more effective at second base. Deven Marrero didn’t do much and power hitter Travis Shaw had a few games, but the Red Sox rated as the worst in baseball.