|Boston Red Sox
2005 Record: .586 (95-67), 2nd place in AL East, AL Wildcard
2004 Record: .605 (98-64), 2nd place in AL East, AL Wildcard
Who’s Out: Johnny Damon (CF), Chad Bradford (P), Chard Harville (P), Kevin Millar (1B), Wade Miller (P), Bill Mueller (3B), Mike Myers (P), Bronson Arroyo (P), Edgar Renteria (SS)
Who’s In: Mike Lowell (3B), Josh Beckett (P), Coco Crisp (OF), Mark Loretta (2B), Alex Gonzalez (SS), Rudy Seanez (P), JT Snow (1B), Julian Tavarez (P), Andy Marte (3B), David Riske (P)
Notes: The biggest blow to the Bosox this off-season was Damon’s move to NY, which will cost the Sox both speed and leadership. They replaced him with Coco Crisp, though, who had one of the best years of his career in 2005 and will likely prove to be very productive for the Sox. Boston’s pitching looks to be their forte this year, with Beckett in the starting rotation and Schilling, who is expected to rebound from last year’s downswing. They also added Tavarez and Riske to the bullpen for some stability, and the home-grown Jonathan Papelbon—who was 3-1 with a 2.65 ERA—is talented enough to be the star of the Boston pen.
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