Let’s get this much out of the way: in Major League Baseball, the offseason moves at a glacial pace. Everything takes forever. The majority of big-name free agents remain unsigned and what happens from here is still anybody’s guess.
Now, that said, the Red Sox’ winter of resurgence is hardly off to a compelling start.
Fresh off their fifth last-place finish in the last 11 seasons, the Sox entered this offseason with more combined questions and holes than any season in recent memory. They need quality pitching at the front of the rotation and back of the bullpen, not to mention a catcher, outfielder and designated hitter, among other things. None of that even begins to address their potential needs if the Sox cannot sign Xander Bogaerts and/or Rafael Devers, the former of whom is a free agent and the latter of whom is entering his final year of team control.
Is there ample time left in this offseason to affect the Red Sox’ fortunes? Of course.
But given that this is Boston and these are the Red Sox, it’s also never too early to worry.