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The Red Sox have assembled a deep inventory of young players across their farm system with significant upside, while their current “three-year bridge” at the Major League level is standing tall at the top of the American League East.
There’s plenty of excitement to fill Red Sox Nation regarding the turnaround of this franchise. The depth of the system, as Ben Carsley notes in his piece from ESPNBoston, is outstanding on many levels.
So while expectations for 2013 have soared from basement dwellers to World Series contenders, what is a realistic expectation for the franchise over the course of the next few years?
Prospects don’t always work out. Even players with the biggest expectations like Rubby De La Rosa and Xander Bogaerts may never pan out at the big league level. Regardless, the depth itself should allow for the Red Sox to maintain freedom in their transactions over the next few seasons.
They could trade away young players in significant moves, such as going after Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton as often suggested. Or they could hold on to their surplus of anticipated talent, building a roster full of players at minimal contracts for reasonable production, allowing Boston to fill needs in the free agent market from year to year.
So let’s be clear about the future of the Red Sox organization: the talent deep in the system allows for flexibility above all, and if the front office manages this appropriately, Boston could be at the beginning of a very successful run, well beyond the next five seasons.