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We'll see. Pedroia and Ortiz and Lester and Buchholz and Ellsbury could all rebound. Will Middlebrooks had an .800+ OPS before he got hurt. Saltalamacchia is a good hitting catcher. The O's have proven you can build a great bullpen in one offseason, and it'll help that Tazawa and Bard should be available for the whole year. And the Sox have a huge stack of cash, thanks in part to the Dodgers.

I'm not writing them off. I'm expecting a rebound, maybe even strong contention.

These are good points, but I'd absolutely love to see them spend a whole summer in last place and see them squirm and flail around to try to fix things.

They'll be the AL version of the Cubs...a big market team that sucks and gets more stories written about them (Why is Boston so bad? What can Boston do to rebound?) than they deserve.

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The Red Sox plugging holes via free agency worked out miserably for them last time. Remember when they added Lackey, Crawford and Gonzalez and people had them pegged as the greatest team ever assembled? Before being dismantled this year, that team didn't touch the playoffs.

Adding Greinke, LaRoche and Napoli sounds good on paper, but the BoSox wouldn't necessarily become relevant because of those moves.

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