Relying too much on the rookies in the starting lineup? The Stephen Drew debacle? Not talking with, and then trading, Jon Lester? There are plenty of choices for the worst mistakes made by Ben Cherington and the Red Sox front office since winning the World Series last October.
Gary Tanguay and Lou Merloni break them down on Arbella Early Edition.
"The first one," Merloni said,"going with that youth movement. Trying to work three rookies into this everyday lineup. Tell me what Jackie Bradley Jr. did? What Will Middlebrooks did in 2013 to say, 'Oh yeah, these guys are my starters'? I know Xander Bogaerts had a great postseason but still, if you're going to have Will Middlebrooks and Xander Bogaerts, you've got to have a veteran guy, too, not Jonathan Herrera, to bring in in case it it didn't work. Same thing in the outfield, bring in a guy like Rajai Davis."
Tanguay thought the biggest mistake was the return of Drew in early June. But Gary still has Stephen's brother on the brain.
"Then they went for J.D. Drew...woah, wait a minute, I'm getting wrong signals here...Stephen Drew," Tanguay said. "Then they move Xander Bogaerts to third and, boom! He fell off the table."
Merloni said not locking up their ace was another Red Sox misstep.
"Not signing Jon Lester? To me that's a mistake. You can't leave Fort Myers without a deal for Jon Lester," Merloni said. "Delete that voicemail or that email [with the reported offer of four years for $70 million]. Tell him, 'We were just joking with four and 70.'"