Originally written August 26, 2012 on Next Impulse Sports:
I may be the only person in Boston who isn’t excited about this deal.  I think it stems from the fact that I wasn’t actually that down on the Red Sox in the first place.  Is it possible that the current clubhouse is an absolute mess, and the roster was in need of a major shakeup?  Yes.  But you know what?  Adrian Gonzalez is a really good player.  So is Carl Crawford.  And we forget that even public enemy #1, Josh Beckett, was an All-Star; last year.  What if the lack of success this season actually has nothing to do with fielding a squad full of overpaid unlikable players? The Sox were too quick to give up on Crawford and Gonzalez. What if it’s just bad luck?  The Red Sox have put 25 players on the disabled list this season, the most for any MLB team since 1987.  At 60-67 they still have a run differential of +27.  By comparison the Wild Card leading Orioles (69-57) are -46 for the season.  Those numbers indicate the two teams could easily be flip flopped in the standings.  And des...

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