Offense: The additions of Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez to an already fearsome lineup give the Sox a lineup that can stack up and surpass the Yankees on every level. Add Kevin Youkilis, Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz and JD Drew to the new additions and something scary is brewing.
It is hard to say a lineup can be clearly better than the Yankees stellar batting order, but this Red Sox lineup certainly has the potential to be one of the best in baseball.
Defense: The defense is another thing that should be drastically improved with the new additions as both have Gold Glove potential.
If Kevin Youkilis can make a smooth transition back to third base and the team can find something that fits at catcher, the defense should be a top flight one.
Pitching: The Red Sox feature a true ace in Jon Lester at the top to matchup with young ace Clay Buchholz. Bounce back years are possible from Josh Beckett and John Lackey who both struggled through much of 2010 but have the veteran makeup to recover from it.
The Red Sox have attempted to deepen a bullpen that was suspect in 2010 by adding Bobby Jenks and Dan Wheeler, but the question at the end of the pen with Jonathan Papelbon remains. The Red Sox should certainly have a better rotation than the Yankees but will Papelbon's struggles hold them back?
Intangibles: Terry Francona is a championship-winning manager and he will get this team to gel quickly and they will be a force to be reckoned with. They must avoid the injury bug that plagued them a year ago as a few early injuries could see the team and its fans hit the panic button.
In the end, I expect this team to win the American League East and leave the Yankees with the wild card. Despite this I think if the Yankees can settle some pitching issues it will be these two teams fighting it out in the ALCS.