3 things Boston Red Sox need to do now that the MLB lockout is over

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The Boston Red Sox are back. With the MLB lockout officially ending this afternoon, baseball fans are rejoicing to see the sport making a return to their lives. It was 99 days too long in this writer’s opinion, but that’s in the past now.

The focus quickly has to shift to the upcoming season, which is just a month away now. Things are going to move at rapid pace from here on out, as the offseason has been siginificantly reduced. Free agency will open back up later tonight, and a shortened Spring Training period will get under way over the weekend.

While all this is extremely exciting, it’s game on now. After getting a nice three month vacation, the Red Sox, as well as every other team in the MLB, are going to have to quickly get their offseason plans back on track. Last we saw Boston, they brought on three new pitchers (Michael Wacha, James Paxton, and Rich Hill) and pulled off a shocking trade that sent starting outfielder Hunter Renfroe to the Milwaukee Brewers in return for Jackie Bradley Jr. and a pair of prospects.

The initial moves from Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom haven’t exactly inspired confidence to this point, and now is the time to fix that. The Red Sox are going to need to quickly find their footing in what is bound to be a chaotic finish to the offseason if they want to repeat their successful 2021 campaign. With that in mind, here are three things the Sox need to do now that the lockout is over.