Grading what the Boston Red Sox have done with their offseason moves so far is an exercise that evolves over time. In addition to the long-term results, evaluating their initial impact is an important way to gauge the team as spring training nears.
Coming off a 93-loss season, the Red Sox have been one of the busiest teams this offseason.
Last month, ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark polled MLB executives and used colleague Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS’s projection system to determine that the Red Sox ranked only behind the Toronto Blue Jays as the most improved team for 2013.
ZiPS projected the Red Sox to win 85 games, which is nine above where the system had them when the offseason began. As the team continues to round out its roster, including trading for closer Joel Hanrahan, that win projection may continue to creep up.
The Red Sox haven’t made any moves that can be considered “blockbusters” but have tried to solidify their roster through a series of transactions they believe will improve the team both on and off the field.
Click through to see the grades the Red Sox have earned on all their moves so far this offseason.