The Red Sox won the World Series last year, and celebrated by giving a lot of their best players to other teams. By September, you had a dilapidated, struggling roster in place of a pennant-defending team.
Xander Bogaerts is one of the young stars that will matter next year if the Red Sox want to compete. Sure, nabbing Sandoval and Han-Ram sure is nice, but homegrown talent that performs well is nicer.
And Koji Uehara is one of the best closers in baseball, and continues to be strong and consistent in the ninth.
Coming Tomorrow- Eventually I'll post the Reds' customs.