Chemistry may not guarantee a championship, but the Red Sox saw what happened last year when they didn't have it.
It may not be the most important piece of the puzzle, but the Red Sox made a commitment this winter to bring in high-character guys in an effort to bring the fun back to Fenway.
The World Series teams of '04 and '07 had character in abundance - from Kevin Millar's lengthy secret handshakes to Pedro Martinez and his stealth bubble gum antics, the team never lacked for guys who knew how to have fun and keep the atmosphere light.
So the questions become: 1) do the Red Sox have enough character with their new additions and 2) will it result in wins?
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Forget that cryptic Tweet to the Globe. David Ortiz isn't walking through that door, fans. At least not as a player.
"My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. "Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow.' Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency."
No one really thought he was contemplating a comeback, but last week he Tweeted this . . .
. . . and that raised hopes that he'd changed his mind.
Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.
Terms of the deals were not announced.
It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.