Two straight seasons of no playoffs for the Red Sox. Terry Francona is gone. Theo Epstein is gone.
The world is seemingly coming to an end in Boston.
Things usually are never as bad as they initially seem, and I think that applies to the current situation surrounding the Red Sox. The recent Boston Globe article has capped off what has been a disastrous month and a half for the Red Sox.
The good news for Red Sox fans is that it's over. There's always a calm after the storm, and everything from here on out will be positive. A new GM will soon begin, and with him comes a new era. The star-studded team will mostly return, along with a new manager who will surely bring a fresh buzz to the Red Sox club house.
The new GM has a busy winter ahead of him. Most of the pieces are in place, but I still think he'll need to make a big splash for a few reasons. There is such a negative vibe in Boston right now, and that has to change. It's difficult for one player to change this all on his own.
But if there's one player who can, it would be Jose Reyes.
Reyes has excited Mets fans for years, giving them a reason to watch during the past few down seasons in Queens. I never thought the Red Sox would be serious candidates to land Reyes, but the current situation in Boston has made me reconsider.
I think Reyes fits in perfectly. Marco Scutaro might not return next season. He has both a player and a team option, and who knows how that will play out? Jed Lowrie could be a part-time player at any of the infield positions.
Which big-name free agent would you prefer the Red Sox sign this off-season?
Imagine this lineup.
1. Jose Reyes SS 2. Jacoby Ellsbury CF 3. Dustin Pedroia 2B 4. Adrian Gonzalez 1B 5. Kevin Youkilis 3B 6. David Ortiz DH 7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia C 8. Carl Crawford LF 9. Josh Reddick RF
How about that for a shake up?
I know that Pedroia is a perfect No. 2 hitter, but him batting third is not a terrible option. A major criticism of the current lineup is that it is very lefty-heavy. With the switch hitters, it could be righty-lefty from one through eight. This shows how surprisingly flexible this lineup could be. Reyes and Ellsbury combine for extraordinary speed at the top, and with the power bats in the middle, this is about as dynamic a lineup as you can get.
Also, a major shake up in the lineup might be just what this team needs considering the recent collapse.
Pitching was a major reason for the terrible September, and CJ Wilson will be available. But considering everything that has gone on, bringing in a guy like Reyes might be a better way to go. The passion he brings and the way he plays the game are infectious. This team needs something like that.
Instead of CJ Wilson, they could look to make a trade for another starting pitcher. I don't know how much it would take to bring someone like Felix Hernandez to Boston—maybe too much. But the opportunity to acquire the right starting pitcher should present itself.
There will be a ton of pressure on this team to win next season. Not only would Reyes ignite the team on the field, but he would help in the clubhouse as well. Reyes and Big Papi would surely keep the team playing loose.
It might be a long shot, but Jose Reyes would look pretty good in a Red Sox uniform.