If anyone should be ready to press the panic button on the season before it even begins, it should be the Boston Red Sox.
The Baltimore Orioles won the division with a very young and talented roster last year. The New York Yankees used their deep pockets to dethrone the O's. And the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays show no signs of folding themselves in a division that saw 4 of 5 teams end with a winning record.
The one team who didn't was the Red Sox, and no one understands why they seem so content to run it back. Outside of signing starting pitcher Lucas Giolito and making a swap with the Yankees (of all teams), they have stood pat. So, how can the Red Sox this unmotivated to improve?
Not only do fans not understand, but apparently other teams and league insiders don't either.
Rosenthal: Red Sox are "not trying" as they should be.
MLB insider Ken Rosenthal spoke on MLB Network's Foul Territory about the state of the Red Sox and how they are not making moves like a team who finished in last place should be. He mentioned free agent starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery physically being in Boston working out to be closer to his family and how easy it should be to strike a deal, but they just aren't.
Montgomery is still out there. Starting pitcher Blake Snell is still out there. Power bats like Jorge Soler, JD Martinez, and Cody Bellinger are still out there. This is a big-market team with big-market money to spend and compete for one of the most loyal fan bases in sports.
So, what are we doing here?
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