With so much happening this offseason, there’s a lot for fans of the Boston Red Sox to look forward to this spring training. Fortunately, Boston’s pitchers and catchers are due to report on February 10, meaning the 2013 baseball season is right around the corner.
The 2012 Red Sox were a total mess, losing 93 games and enduring a storm of drama that always seemed to focus on former manager Bobby Valentine.
Boston moved quickly once the season was over, firing Valentine and making a number of acquisitions to shore up its roster in an attempt to contend this year.
While the Red Sox didn’t sign any of the bigger ticket free agents, WEEI’s Alex Speier reported that the team’s 2013 payroll clocks in at approximately $162 million, just $17 million under the luxury tax threshold.
No one really knows what the 2013 version of the Red Sox will be, but it can't be worse. If they rebuild the front-end pitching, they can come close to winning as many games as they did in '11, and if this winter's signings change the clubhouse and offensive cultures and transition to the next generation, the bridge will be a road well taken.
With the first regular season game nearly two months away, anything is possible and fans can dream big about potential, as the team plays its slate of spring games.
Click through to see what Boston fans have to look forward to most in spring training.