Friday, December 11, 2015

Red Sox Soar In Power Rankings After Off-Season Moves

The Bleacher Report has come out with their post-Winter Meetings MLB Power Rankings—and it has very good news for fans of the 2016 Carmine Hose. Boston moved into fifth spot in the rankings—a seven-point jump over their previous spot. Dave Dombrowski's acquisitions of David Price, Craig Kimbrel, Carson Smith, Chris Young, and Roenis Elias have pretty much met most of the gaping holes in the roster. As such, the Red Sox trail only the Cubbies at #1 (who would've thought?), the Blue Jays at #2, the Cardinals at #3 and the Pirates at #4 in the Top 5. The website projects the 2016 Boston line-up as: RF Mookie Betts, 2B Dustin Pedroia, SS Xander Bogaerts, DH David Ortiz, 1B Hanley Ramirez, 3B Pablo Sandoval, CF Jackie Bradley Jr., LF Rusney Castillo, and C Blake Swihart. They see the rotation order as: Price, Rick Porcello, Clay Buchholz, Joe Kelly, and Eduardo Rodriguez. This outlook might be a little optimistic—as we still see the need for a young starter, another lefty in the bullpen and a real first baseman. But, it's still good to see the team regarded so highly.