In response to moonslav59's comment:
This team has the nucleus to be competitive next year and they WILL put together a team that should be competitive "on paper." As it stands right now, theyarguably have a better roster than Baltimore. It doesn't have to be by signing "every big name free agent," either.
We'd need to "sign Hamilton, Greinke & Peavy and then trade for a 1Bman like Morneau just to have an outside chance at a ring". An "outside chance?!?!?" A lineup with Ells, Pedey, Hamilton, Ortiz, Morneau, Middlebrooks, Salty, Kalish, Iglesias and a rotation of Greinke, Peavy, Buch, Lester, Doubront, Lackey, Morale etc..only has an "outside shot" on paper???? That's ridiculous. They aren't interested in Greinke or Hamilton, so your proposal is pie in the sky, but I'm not sure why you think they can't be competitive with this nucleus. Would you trade this 25 man roster for Baltimore's or Oakland's? I doubt it...
That's your opinion, but it makes absolutely no sense to me. All star teams don't win Championships by the way.
As an example, if they sign a Peavy and a Hunter, and trade for a decent 1st base bat, they should be very competitive. They also have the resources to add significant depth, something they weren't able to do last year. This whole idea that the Sox are going to have 4 or 5 kids ready in 2014 isn't reality. Some will regress, get injured, traded, etc...They don't have to blow up the roster this winter to be competitive again. It's already been done...
We are not coming close to winning next year with Peavy, Hunter and a decent 1B bat.
We will have a better chance in 2014 than 2013. It's not just about kids becomming ready, but also about guys like Middlebrooks, Doubront, Morales, Moretnsen, Tazawa, and others getting closer to prime, and no important players going post-prime.