Two years ago, the Boston Red Sox were starting off a championship campaign. They were able to go all the way to the World Series thanks to a number of guys stepping up. Unfortunately, they fell apart in 2014, and that led to quite a few changes over the winter. They enter the 2015 season very confident that they will get back into contention. The question is, can they actually win a World Series title with the team they have assembled?
The two main pieces Boston brought in over the winter include Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval. These two players were National League rivals last year, but both help out one of 2014’s worst offenses in baseball, as most of the other talented hitters on the Red Sox had started to show their age.
Boston is also expecting some more things out of their youngsters who will get a chance to play on a consistent basis. Xander Bogaerts was unable to turn that corner in 2014, but he is still considered to be a future All-Star. Mookie Betts could get to that level as well, as he brings some much needed speed and defense to the roster. He is considered a sleeper in fantasy baseball heading into the season.
Pitching is the biggest question mark for the Red Sox, but a lot can change between April and October. For starters, a pitcher or two on the current roster could exceed expectations in fantasy baseball. There is also a chance that Boston will decide to go after a few different options in a potential trade down the road. They are not afraid of all to be active at the trade deadline if that means an opportunity to win.
Boston probably enters the season in the as the favorites American League East with the Toronto Blue Jays. Overall, the division is not a strong as it has been in the past. If they can get into the playoffs, Boston certainly has the firepower to go all the way.