The Boston Red Sox and their fans would love to forget about the 2012 season. The team is mathematically eliminated from playoff contention and is only half a game ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays in the battle to avoid finishing last in the AL East.
Condemned to their first losing season in 15 years, the Sox now have to turn their attention to the future, while also trying to avoid their worst record since 1966. To do that, they must win five of their last 12 games.
But for now, let's look forward to next season. GM Ben Cherington has a lot of work to do in rebuilding this team, but we know many of the players who will be here next April—some of them have had a 2012 season that was either slightly disappointing or downright abysmal.