Originally written January 24, 2013 on RedSoxLife:
With pitchers and catchers reporting to Fort Myers, Florida for spring training February 10th, the Boston Red Sox are primed to put their past three dismal seasons behind them and get back to American League East royalty. Though the Sox recent seasonal campaigns have left a bad taste in the mouth of Red Sox Nation, fans must be patient and realize the MLB season varies spontaneously from year to year. Teams can have a horrible season one year, and lead their teams to the playoffs the next. See the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants and Baltimore Orioles as of late. As $82.5 million pitcher John Lackey is preparing to prove doubters wrong after missing the entire 2012 season due to Tommy John surgery, the Red Sox pitching staff is beginning to take form. Currently, the Sox staff is shaping up to be as followed: Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, Lackey, recently signed Ryan Dempster from the Chicago Cubs, and last year's surprise 25 year old lefty talent Felix Doubront....
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