The Boston Red Sox finished the 2011 season with one of the most epic collapses in MLB history. Now that the dust has settled, the Red Sox announced the rise of Ben Cherrington as the new GM and former New York Mets skipper and ESPN analyst Bobby Valentine as the club's 45th manager.
With most of the important baseball operations pieces now in place, the Red Sox have to make some strategic moves this off-seaon in order to regain the order in Red Sox Nation.
Winning 90 games last season and missing the playoffs by one game means that, on paper at least, the Red Sox have a solid foundation to work with and it might only take a few tweaks to get back on track to a 95-win season.
Having taken the best part of two months to decide on a manager, the Sox missed out on big free agent signings, including closing pitchers Heath Bell and Jonathan Broxton, something with the loss of Jonathan Papelbon to the Philadelphia Phillies, now appears to be moving towards the forefront.