This. A healthy Toronto team would be in the mix and Baltimore and Tampa both have the potential to put together monster seasons.
I'm excited about the prospect of Tanaka on the Yankees. I'll believe in Michael Pineda when I see it. It's a whole new bullpen world with Mo gone. I'm a big fan of D-Rob, but the ninth inning will no longer seem automatic.
Does Boston fall off with the loss of a couple of stars? We'll see.
Ellsbury is injury prone and sucks.
Els is the only real loss. Jackie Bradley should be an adequate replacement for Ellsbury. More so in 2015, but he should be able to fill Els shoes defensively now and should produce similarly offensively...eventually. Even if he does not, Victorino, Gomes, Nava and Carp can replace Els bat. The guy that legs out 2B/3B/Steals...not so much.
Xander Bogarts should be a plus bat over Drew, but is not there defensively.
The good thing for the Sox, the pitching will keep them in games.
Boston Strong is over...as is the beards. They will be good, but they could be over .500 and finish in last place.