7. Further tales of clubhouse discord will trickle out
The Red Sox front office’s biggest mistake of the offseason was not trading Josh Reddick or Jed Lowrie. It was letting the managerial search drag on and on, then once Bobby Valentine was hired in late November, it was magnified by saddling him with coaches he had no relationship with but management wanted to retain. It’s one thing for segments of players to have an issue with the manager – that happens in every clubhouse to some degree—but when there are cliques among the coaching staff, that doesn’t discourage dysfunction. It spawns it.