Brick by brick, the Red Sox are trying to rebuild — don’t say that out loud — and stay competitive as they upgrade their player development system.
The stunning trade of Mookie Betts in 2020 was the first step in a process that could take a few years, but it ideally will allow them to achieve sustainability.
Read the Globe’s Red Sox season preview section below, and check out the print edition in Sunday’s paper.
Their oft-stated goal is “sustainability” — fielding an elite team while maintaining a fertile farm system — but just how quickly can that be achieved? By Alex Speier
Do you know the subtle differences among “rebuilding,” “tanking,” and “a bridge year”? We can help. By Alex Speier
The Sox finished last in the division in 2020, and rehired manager Alex Cora asserts, “We will be better than last year. Let’s get that one out of the way.” By Julian McWilliams
For years, fans have waffled between joy (the 2018 World Series) and sadness (trading away Mookie Betts) so quickly that it’s easy to see why they’re getting frustrated. Winning cures everything, but for how long? By Michael Silverman
The Red Sox will hit — they always do — and though the rotation is better than last year’s, it is still shaky and thin.
Two years ago, his defending champs fell flat on their faces, missing the playoffs, and there are lessons to be taken from that.
With financial might at the major league level and a productive farm system, LA has made the playoffs eight straight years and the World Series three of the last four. By Peter Abraham
Bogaerts signed a six-year, $120 million extension just months after the Red Sox won the 2018 World Series. He hasn’t been back to the postseason since. By Peter Abraham
Bryan Mata and Bobby Dalbec, the latter of which will likely open the season in the big leagues, are among a number of players who excelled this spring, giving Chaim Bloom and Alex Cora faith that this team can contend for years. By Julian McWillliams
With Dave O’Brien on the call, analysts Jerry Remy and Dennis Eckersley have thrived as candid players-turned-broadcasters. By Chad Finn
The Dodgers are are a popular pick to repeat as World Series champions, but our writers have a few surprises in store for you as well.
Alex Cora returns as manager, and the Sox brass believes the team can be competitive. Here are the players who will lead that charge. By Julian McWilliams
The season opens April 1, and fans will be in attendance for the first time in more than a year.
Get the latest Red Sox analysis, opinion, and news straight to your inbox on weekdays during the season. This way, you’ll never miss a thing. By the Globe staff