Passan: The Red Sox are a legitimate threat in the American League

Passan: The Red Sox are a legitimate threat in the American League
July 9, 2013, 9:00 am
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The Red Sox are in first place in the American League East, lead the majors in runs and OPS and rank second in team batting average. Even with their disappointing finish last season, it is tough not to buy them at this point in the season.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports said on "The Show" Monday that the Red Sox are contenders to win their third World Series in 10 years.

"I think it's more than easy to say at this point that this is a very legitimate threat, not just to win the American League East, but to take the pennant and possibly the World Series," Passan said.

The Red Sox have five players who are hitting at least .300, and 12 players are in double figures in doubles. David Ortiz leads the team with 17 home runs and 61 RBIs, while Dustin Pedroia has 111 hits and 24 doubles.

"Fact is, the Red Sox are just so deep on that offensive side," he said.

However, after Andrew Miller went down to what Passan said is a "devastating injury," the Red Sox need to improve on their bullpen depth. Passan said players like James Russell, Glen Perkins and Matt Thornton could be viable options when the trade deadline nears.

Passan said the biggest difference is John Farrell as manager, as he has transformed the team into one that trusts.

"Last year, it was a disaster from the start," Passan said. "John Farrell has the trust of the pitching staff and now has the trust of the rest of the clubhouse."

Watch the video to see what else Passan says about the Red Sox.

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