Since it has been such a slow start to the offseason for the Red Sox, I figured that I would take a quick look at where the Sox stand in the AL East division right now.
These ranking will change throughout the winter as each team adds and subtracts players until we get to next spring.
Once a few of the top free agents sign, it will loosen up the market a bit and you will start to see players sign as well as trades that will effect the rankings.
These rankings reflect players under contract, players under team control going to arbitration and players under team options. If a team has a key player currently as a free agent, I did not include those players in this ranking.
The lower the average means the fewer gaping holes that a team has.
Toronto's early moves this offseason have changed its ranking already, moving up its rotation, shortstop, catcher, second base and left field grades.
Right now this ranking paints the picture that the Red Sox need to add a lot of talent to their roster. The Sox are simply more than one player away, more like five or six players.
Teams are ranked from one through five with no ties. There are 13 categories and the totals are a cumulative average.
Baltimore Orioles 2.62 avg. 34/13
Toronto Blue Jays 2.77 avg. 36/13
New York Yankees 2.85 avg. 37/13
Tampa Bay Rays 3.31 avg. 43/13
Boston Red Sox 3.46 avg. 45/13