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The Boston Red Sox suffered their worst season since 1965, finishing with a 69-93 record, good for last in the American League East. They quickly fired manager Bobby Valentine, and hired John Farrell, who used to be the Sox's pitching coach. But that wasn't the only move they made this offseason.
Starting with re-signing David Ortiz to a two-year, $26 million contract, the Sox went on a small spending spree. Within less than two weeks, they signed catcher David Ross and outfielder Jonny Gomes to two-year deals. Then came the fun. Despite their apparent surplus of outfielders, they signed Shane Victorino to a three-year, $39 million contract.
Then, they beefed up their pitching staff by signing reliever Koji Uehara to a one-year, $4.25 million deal and starter Ryan Dempster to a two-year, $26.5 million pact. And as if that wasn't enough, they swung a deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates to acquire closer Joel Hanrahan. And they weren't done there.
The Sox added depth to their infield by signing Stephen Drew to a one-year deal. And after about a month and a half of re-negotiations, they signed Mike Napoli to a one-year, $5 million contract (early in December, they had agreed on a three-year, $39 million contract, but after Napoli's medical records indicated a hip problem that spurred the Sox to alter the terms of the deal).
And they may still not be done dealing. With the additions of Gomes, Victorino, Ross and Hanrahan, the Red Sox seem to have a surplus of outfielders, catchers and relievers. Don't expect this team to have a consecutive 90-loss season in 2013.
Projected Starting Lineup (as of 2/22/13):
CF - Jacoby Ellsbury
RF - Shane Victorino
2B - Dustin Pedroia
DH - David Ortiz
1B - Mike Napoli
3B - Will Middlebrooks
LF - Jonny Gomes
C - Jarrod Saltalamcchia
SS - Stephen Drew
Projected Starting Rotation (as of 2/22/13):