The Boston Red Sox are continuing to move full steam ahead with their offseason revamp. The team has agreed on a one-year, $7 million deal with free-agent defensive whiz Adrian Beltre and and a reported trade of infielder Casey Kotchman to the Seattle Mariners to clear room for Beltre in their crowded infield.
The Red Sox are going with pitching and defense this offseason, upgrading at third base with Beltre, in center field with Mike Cameron and in the rotation with John Lackey. But they subtracted from their offense when they let Jason Bay walk away to the New York Mets without putting up a fight for a guy who proved he could perform on the biggest stage against the New York Yankees.
But you wonder when these decisions become a problem for the team's chemistry. Although he hasn't said much publicly, Mike Lowell can't be happy with the team's constant determination to trade him despite several productive seasons in Boston. Now comes word that Jacoby Ellsbury wasn't thrilled when being told he will be moving to left field so that defensive star Cameron can play center. At some point, having too many unhappy players on a roster will kill a team's spirit. The Red Sox risk returning to the dysfunctional teams that consistently fell apart before they won two World Series titles in four years. Yankee fans hope that collapse happens quickly.
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