2015 record: 78-84, 3rd place in AL East
Manager: John Farrell, 4th season
Estimated 2016 payroll: $198 million
Key additions: SP David Price, CL Craig Kimbrel, OF Chris Young
Key losses: SP Wade Miley, 1B Mike Napoli, RP Alexi Ogando
RF Mookie Betts
2B Dustin Pedroia
SS Xander Bogaerts
DH David Ortiz
1B Hanley Ramirez
3B Pablo Sandoval
LF Rusney Castillo
C Blake Swihart
CF Jackie Bradley, Jr.
LHP David Price
RHP Clay Bucholz
RHP Rick Porcello
LHP Eduardo Rodriguez
RHP Joe Kelly
CL Craig Kimbrel
RHP Koji Uehara
RHP Carson Smith
Biggest questions entering 2016
1. Can they pitch? The Red Sox made a serious effort this offseason to improve their pitching staff, which was one of the worst in baseball last year. They ranked 25th in team ERA (4.31) and 24th in rotation ERA (4.39). In comes David Price, who was signed to a record free agent deal, and Craig Kimbrel, who was acquired in a trade with the Padres. They added two of the best pitchers in baseball: arguably the best closer and one of the best starting pitchers in the game. They will surely help, but there remain several questions, mainly with their rotation depth.
2. Will Rick Porcello rebound from 2015? Speaking of pitching, one guy who could change Boston's entire dynamic is Rick Porcello. Porcello is due to make $20.1 million next season and is due $80.5 million total over the next four years. Last season Porcello was nowhere near worth that money with a 4.92 ERA through 28 starts (9-15). That looks a lot worse compared to his 2014 campaign when he went 15-13 with a 3.43 ERA. If he can pitch like he did in 2014, the Red Sox will have a much better outlook at the top of their rotation.
3. Can Pablo Sandoval bounce back? The Red Sox had little trouble scoring in 2015 - they were 4th in baseball in runs - but their lineup could be even better if Sandoval can start living up to his contract. Signed as a free agent last winter, Sandoval hit just .245 with 10 homers and career-low .658 OPS last season. If he can get back up to his career averages and hit above .275 with an OPS north of .750, the Red Sox' lineup could be scary.