Previewing the Winter Meetings, Dayn Perry from FanGraphs writes that the Red Sox really don't need to be all that active. Writes Perry:
The current iterations of the Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves have at least three things in common: all three crafted their own tragic endings to the 2011 season, all three figure to contend again in 2012, and all three teams don't need to do very much in order to do so.
Later in the piece Perry touches on the Red Sox, writing:
As for the Red Sox, lost in their lacerating collapse is the fact that they won 90 despite playing 84 games against teams with .500 records or better. More than chicken thighs, beer cans and video games, injuries -- an inordinate number of injuries -- are mostly to blame. During the 2011 season, 15 players on Boston's major-league roster, most of them regulars, made at least one trip to the disabled list. Such a high figure is almost bound to improve in 2012.
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