Thursday, January 21, 2016
Red Sox 'Upgrades From Within' Should Spell Success
improvement among returning members of the team that could bring the biggest boost in performance. In fact, FanGraphs states that Boston—along with the Washington Nationals—will enjoy the largest gains from roster returnees in all of baseball. Leading the pack for the "prodigal" Red Sox is Hanley Ramirez—with an expected extra WAR of +3.9. Not far behind is Pablo Sandoval with a +3.7 WAR increase, Rick Porcello with +1.9 increase, Dustin Pedroia with +0.8 jump and Rusney Castillo with +0.4 increase in WAR. If all of these projections come true, it's easy to see why FanGraphs sees The Carmine Hose coming in with a 92-win season in 2016.