MLB Predictions 2013: 8 Reasons Why the Boston Red Sox Will Make the Postseason

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MLB Predictions 2013: 8 Reasons Why the Boston Red Sox Will Make the Postseason
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It's been some time since the Red Sox were anywhere near being able to hoist this trophy

As a longtime Red Sox fan, it’s hard to be hopeful about the future these days. Pulling off the largest salary dump in history just weeks before the start of the postseason doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. And Terry Francona’s recent bridge-burning comments about his former employers certainly don’t help.

However, in giving up on one era, the Red Sox front office ushered in a new one that closely resembles another time in Red Sox history that led to the 2004 World Series championship.

It seems that Ben Cherington has finally smartened up and decided to rebuild this team from the ground up through player development and smaller free-agent signings, a strategy trademarked by Theo Epstein’s early career during his pair of championship runs in Boston.

The organization’s turn back towards this proven strategy has breathed a touch of hope into the hearts of Red Sox Nation. With that in mind, here are eight reasons why the Red Sox will reach the postseason this year for the first time since 2009.

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