FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Principal owner John Henry said Monday morning that he believed the Red Sox are a playoff contender. His new manager, John Farrell, wouldn't offer that assessment directly, but left little doubt that he expects the Sox to be more competitive in 2013.
"The roster's filled with talent," said Farrell. "And the players who are coming in new, they come from winning teams. They come from playoff experience. I think we've got a balance team. There's speed, there's power, there's left-right capability. I think the bullpen is a strength. We know there's talent in that rotation and yet we have to get some guys on track, rebuild some confidence in certain areas.
"But the most important thing is, the talent that was brought in, the guys are noted team players. They put the other guy first and the team first before their own view of the game. The thing I'd like to put back as the focal point is the game. The game on a nightly basis is the most important thing and not the individual things that might lead up to it."