George_Foreman wrote:well, their offense is still potent, although they probably won't challenge for top run scoring offense in the AL this year. at least their pitching has improved. beckett is a good signing, and they've improved their bullpen. still, i figure they'll have a similar record to last year.
I agree. This is a retooling year. The Red Sox will probably still win 90+ games, maybe make a playoff spot, and maybe even make it somewhere in the playoffs. But they are not by any means the best team in the AL, and as a Red Sox fan I have no problem admitting that they will not be nearly as good as the Yankees(it's not likely at least.)
The point of this year is to retool and set them up for another run at being a top team in 2007. They've gotten a bit younger, have improved their pitching (both starting and bullpen) and defense, and have a handful of very good prospects that are close to being contributors. Overall I like where they are right now.
As far as the Coco/Marte deal... in a vacuum the deal favors the Indians (though there's always the chance Marte doesn't pan out) but the fact is, you can't play a season without a centerfielder, and Coco was the best out there. You gotta give talent to get talent.