3 Red Sox on Thin Ice After Theo Epstein Buy-In

Epstein buys into the franchise he took to their first title in 86 years. He'll have to work hard to get them back to the top.

Apr 29, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein on the
Apr 29, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein on the / Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
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3. Rafael Devers

The Red Sox became a better franchise when they signed a young Rafael Devers in 2013. He worked his way through the Red Sox farm system, making it all the way to the big leagues. He made an immediate impact for Boston and got paid a lot for it.

Prior to the 2023 season, Devers signed a 10-year contract worth over $313 million. The plan has always been for him to stay in Boston and be the next great and home-grown Red Sox player. Since his emergence into the big leagues 7 years ago, the Red Sox have won a championship - but most of those seasons have not made it to the playoffs.

If the Red Sox go into 2024 as currently constructed, there is no way they will be competing for a division title, maybe not even a wild card berth. It's possible a rebuild or, to use an Epstein word, "re-tooling" could be in his plans.

Devers is a world-class talent that any team would pay top-tier for. Epstein does not shy away from tearing it all down to build it back up again. Could a Devers move be part of that plan, should Epstein feel his hands are needed?

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