Steve Janus of BetFirms.com had the Red Sox as one of the early favorites to win the 2012 World Series. Instead, the team went on to have its first losing record since 1997 and its worst season since 1965. To say fans were disappointed would be an understatement.
A lot went wrong for the Red Sox in 2012, including subpar performances by veteran staff ace Jon Lester and many others. It all came to a head in late August, when several of the team’s highest paid veterans were shipped to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a blockbuster trade in an effort to shake things up.
While the Red Sox have spent a lot of money and acquired a number of new players this offseason, there are no guarantees for 2013. WEEI’s Rob Bradford explains that some people have a hard time envisioning the team contending next season without having obtained any superstars.
The Red Sox's success next season will largely depend upon players who under-performed in 2012. In many ways, their play in 2013 will determine their future in Boston and the long-term direction of the team.
Click through to see 10 make-or-break players for the Red Sox in 2013.