ESPN's second annual MLB Future Power Rankings are out, which measures how well each team is set up for sustained success over the next five years, and the results may surprise you.
Out of all 30 MLB teams, which were ranked by top baseball analysts Jim Bowden, Keith Law and Buster Olney using five different categories of varying weights, the Red Sox landed in the top third. (For a detailed breakdown of the methodology used for the Future Power Rankings, click here.)
Here's their overview:
By shedding the salaries of Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett in last summer's blockbuster with the Dodgers, Boston's front office suddenly gave itself a lot of flexibility. The Sox made a number of midlevel signings over the winter, but none of them cost the club a draft pick or will severely hamstring them down the road. With a number of promising prospects on the way, the Sox are poised to be a force again soon.
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