It's no secret that the Red Sox like to make a splash in free agency. Although they didn’t make one with a player this offseason, they still made one of MLB’s marquee signings when they tabbed Bobby Valentine to become the 44th manager in team history.
Even though the 2012 season is young and the Sox still have 146 games left to play, we can already start turning an eye towards next year and begin to consider how the Sox will fill their considerable roster holes via free agency.
The free agent class of 2013 is absolutely loaded with talent, particularly at positions such as corner outfield and starting pitcher. The Sox have needs at those spots, have cut costs and have shown a willingness to spend in the past, a perfect storm for an offseason spending spree.
However, the Sox will see that they have a major problem in recruiting free agents. Despite the allure of playing in front of the game’s best fans, in its greatest ballpark and with one of its signature franchises, players are not going to want to come to Boston.
The cause ultimately boils down to one single problem. Or more specifically, one person: Bobby Valentine.
The Sox manager has already proven this year that he does not always handle players in a diplomatic or mature way. His players have already spoken out against his tactics.
Quite simply, Valentine is going to be a tremendous obstacle, impeding his franchise's ability to build for the future. Here are 10 upcoming free agents that the Sox will miss out on signing because of their brash manager.