A New Look in Beantown: The Recipe for a Boston Red Sox Revival in 2012

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A New Look in Beantown: The Recipe for a Boston Red Sox Revival in 2012
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Theo Epstein took the money and ran to Chicago, where he'll try and revive the Cubs.

World Series front-runners? Not anymore.

Player-friendly manager? Gone.

Young, talented general manager? Gone.

As the 2011 season begins to race towards a close, things in Boston continue to undergo a face-lift. With Terry Francona and Theo Epstein both likely to be associated with other teams in 2012 (Theo is already with the Cubs), the Sox will have lost a huge piece of the braintrust that lifted the curse less than a decade ago.

What was once a driven, eccentric group of players has become a highly paid, oft-injured and oft-distracted group of superstars. But success has not followed. 

With lots of money coming off the books and players talking about being open to moving to the Yankees, it's time for the Red Sox to really consider changing things up for the 2012 season. With just a few moves, the Sox could place themselves right back in the champions seat. 

Hint: It's time to get back to bringing in lower cost, versatile players who play the game the right way. 

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