A little over two weeks ago, the Red Sox looked like a dried up husk of a team that would be limping through next season while keeping an eye on 2012 and some promising prospects in the farm system. They’d lost their two best hitters from 2010, Victor Martinez and Adrian Beltre. Their bullpen seemed spent. Their biggest signing to that point was keeping the rapidly declining David Ortiz. Fans and sports writers were wondering if the best move might be trading their best bullpen arm, Daniel Bard, for Justin Upton of the Diamondbacks.
Frankly, I was not looking forward to 2011.
But now! Holy Hannah! Theo Epstein has restocked this team faster than Charlie Sheen destroys a hotel suite. With Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford onboard, the Sox offense and defense looks to be better than 2010. But a recent flurry of signings has revitalized the bullpen, where Bobby Jenks and Dan Wheeler will be joining Bard and Jonathan Papelbon, who, in his walk year, should have plenty of incentive to improve on his lackluster 2010 season.
Of course, things may not go as planned. There may be injuries, guys may not perform as expected. But we won’t be able to blame that on Theo Epstein. This has been a great off-season for the still-young GM.
Now if he could only find a catcher!