Change is inevitable. But the 2019 Red Sox put that to the test, largely returning the same squad from the team that won 108 games and rolled to a World Series title a season ago.
Sure, Craig Kimbrel and Joe Kelly didn't come back, and the bullpen is one reason why the Sox are just a few games over .500 and out of the postseason picture with under 50 games to play.
But outside of that, this year's squad looks very similar to last year's, except for the results. So you can count on changes before next season, but who will return? And who is just playing out the string in Boston?
From the rock-solid bets to return to guys who are all but gone, NBC Sports Boston Red Sox Insider John Tomase ranks whose seat is hottest... and who's a sure bet to return.
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