It’s boom or bust for the Boston Red Sox in 2017, as they put everything on the table for a shot at a fourth World Series Championship since 2004. Club president Dave Dombrowski has an extremely talented and youthful roster, and is willing to make the moves necessary to put this team in position to get there. His decision to deal two of their top farm system prospects, Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech, in exchange for former White Sox ace Chris Sale, gives this team a two to three year window to deliver another title to the Boston area.
The Red Sox pitching rotation is enviable, as they have two Cy Young winners currently on the roster- David Price and Rick Porcello, along with Sale, who is worthy of the award at some point in his career. The fourth guy in the rotation will most likely be lefthander Eduardo Rodriguez, with the fifth spot going to either trade-deadline acquisition Drew Pomeranz, or knuckleballer Steven Wright. When it comes to the Boston bullpen, it appears that former Brewer Tyler Thornburg will be the eighth inning guy, with Joe Kelly also a possibility. They will set-up closers Fernando Abad and Craig Kimbrel, along with the loser of the fifth spot in their regular rotation. With former league MVP Dustin Pedroia at second base, and young emerging stud Xander Bogaerts at shortstop, the Red Sox possess one of the strongest middle infields in baseball. This duo may start the batting order together, or Boston could choose to use Bogaerts farther down to balance out and elongate the lineup. Hanley Ramirez and Mitch Moreland could split time at third, with Ramirez mostly used as a DH this season. Across the diamond, the Red Sox are banking on Pablo Sandoval to bounce back from a rough two-year start in town, and his weight loss over the offseason bodes well for the club. Boston’s outfield
is lights out, starting with Mookie Betts in right field, who won a Gold Glove and finished second in MVP voting in 2016, along with center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr., who was an All-Star starter and recorded 26 homers last season. Andrew Benintendi has incredible outfield range, and will certainly add to this amazing group. The catcher position is up in the air heading into spring training, but will most likely work itself out before the start of the season.
Finishing atop the AL East should be in the cards for the 2017 Red Sox, with the end goal a World Series berth. This team has the starting talent and depth to get there, they must stay healthy and continue their “all in” attitude. Fans will want to snag their Boston Red Sox tickets early, as they won’t want to miss any of the excitement this season, as this Boston team tries to bring home a fourth championship in a 14-year span.