With pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training in a little over 11 days it seems like a good time to start of the official 2010 thread. Last year was a bit of a disappointment not only getting swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Angels but many of Theo Epstein's free agent pick ups turned out to be busts (Smoltz, Penny) but he did score big with a a few trades (Ramon Ramirez, Victor Martinez, Billy Wagner, Alex Gonzalez). Here's a look at the key additions and subtractions: Key Additions: John Lackey Adrian Beltre Marco Scutaro Mike Cameron Jeremy Hermida Bill Hall Boof Bonser Key Losses: Jason Bay Takashi Saito Billy Wagner Alex Gonzalez George Kottaras Obviously Jason Bay was a big loss since although his bat disappear in June and July his overall numbers were few good and the Sox are losing a 25+ HR bat in the line up. The addition of John Lackey deepens a very solid starting staff that has the potential, if healthy, to be dominate and the best top 5 in baseball with a solid 6 man in Tim Wakefield. The defense, especially in the line up will be extremely good and moving Ellsbury to LF can only help the OF defense. Sure this team doesn't have the sexy star power names but they're not the Kansas City Royals or Pittsburgh Pirates either. The home run totals will be down but they still are a solid offensive club that will get on base and score runs. And I'm sure if there's a big bat available (Adrian Gonzalez?) at the trading deadline Theo won't hesitate to nab him. My prediction is that the Red Sox will once again win the wild card and with their (hopefully healthy) starting staff they will be a force in the playoffs. Anyway all are welcome to stop by and discuss and debate. Good luck this season. Go Sox.