Has there been a team in recent history that did less to improve their roster after winning a championship than this Red Sox team?
Forget just Major League Baseball. Look around the entire sports landscape. Has there been a franchise that rested on its laurels more than the 2014 Boston Red Sox?
After defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in six games to win the World Series, the Sox “bolstered” their roster in the offseason by signing Edward Mujica, Burke Badenhop, Jonathan Herrera, Grady Sizemore and a 37-year-old A.J. Pierzynski — not exactly names that scream ‘REPEAT CHAMPS!’
The Red Sox also said goodbye to Jacoby Ellsbury and were comfortable heading into the season with an aging Shane Victorino, an unproven Jackie Bradley Jr. and the oft-injured Grady Sizemore, who is one slip of the banana peel away from early retirement.
What did they expect would happen? “They” meaning Ben Cherington, Larry Lucchino and the entire front office "
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