The Boston Red Sox have had an interesting offseason.
Though they were outbid on a couple of key free agents and lost a face of the franchise in Xander Bogaerts, they have made some key moves to strengthen their roster for 2023.
They added Masataka Yoshida, Justin Turner, Corey Kluber, and Kenley Jansen.
They also managed to extend Rafael Devers.
Many fans aren’t too thrilled about the state of the team. but one Red Sox analyst thinks that the team could potentially surprise a few people in 2023, stating that the team could emerge as a sneaky contender thanks to some of the moves they made.
I think people are sleeping on how fun this Red Sox team could be.
Team chemistry is necessary, and you're kidding yourself if you think it doesn't impact the in-season results.
The vibes were not good in 2022. With a couple more moves, this team could be sneaky good. https://t.co/soF4Ev9Rzd
— Craig Teed (@craig_teed) January 17, 2023
The Red Sox have been very hit or miss in recent years.
In 2021, they defied preseason expectations and ended up securing a Wild Card spot, winning 92 games and making it all the way to the ALCS.
Last year, they came up short, winning just 78 games and finishing at the bottom of the American League East.
But the additions of Turner, Kluber, and Jansen could give the team and its fans a little something to look forward to.
Granted, the New York Yankees will likely be the favorites in the AL East, but that doesn’t mean Boston can’t compete for a Wild Card spot.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned about preseason predictions, it’s that they aren’t always correct and that a team could defy expectations and prove themselves worthy of consideration.
Again, Boston won’t be the favorites in the division, but the moves that Chaim Bloom made could potentially pay off.
A few more moves are also possible and could help the team as well.