Ben Cherington has a lot to smile about these days.
He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named has been relieved of his duties. A new manager has been installed, and he appears to be the right guy for the team, even if it did take exchanging the team's starting shortstop to get John Farrell in a Sox uniform. Plus, from an outsider's standpoint, it sure feels that the Red Sox general manager doesn't have the leash attached to his Windsor-knotted-tie at the hands of ownership that he did for the first season after his hire.
Throw in enough spending money to make a huge splash at this year's winter meetings, with less pressure to do so than in year's past, and things are going pretty well for the former protege of Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein.
For the first time in years, Boston has a choice to decide which direction it wants to head in; rebooting or rebuilding.
From the things that Cherington has said since the offseason began, sounds as if it'll be a hybrid of the two, so the Red Sox wish list includes some players that will help win now and some that are investments for the future and beyond.