Why are the Red Sox being discounted?

Why are the Red Sox being discounted?
February 11, 2014, 2:45 pm
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Why are the Red Sox not among the favorites to make the World Series in 2014?

The Red Sox came into last season with expectations at something close to an all-time low. Then they won the World Series.

Coming into this season -- players are starting to trickle into Fort Myers as we speak -- expectations are higher. Much higher. But why aren't the Red Sox considered the favorites to repeat as World Champs?

Jacoby Ellsbury's gone. Sure. But what if Clay Buchholz stays healthy for most of the season? What if Will Middlebrooks is able to have a bounce-back year? Isn't it possible that the Red Sox are even better than last season?

Let us know your reactions to others being picked to come out of the AL -- Detroit and Texas to name a couple -- and we'll use the best responses on Early Edition at 6:30!