The Boston Red Sox announced their initial player pool for the 2020 MLB season on Sunday, including just 47 of a possible 60 players in a move that seems to suggest that they will be major players in the post-freeze free agent market.
Red Sox beat writer Jen McCaffrey shared the roster via Twitter, with 13 open spots remaining for the club to add free agents or other players within the organization after the transaction freeze is lifted.
Some Red Sox fans tweeted their shock in seeing catcher Jonathan Lucroy left off of the roster, but Chris Sale's injury could have something to do with that.
Boston's roster is noticeably different from the 2018 variation which delivered a World Series title, and with star outfielder Mookie Betts, starting pitcher David Price, and manager Alex Cora all gone, it is unclear what 2020 could have in store for the Red Sox.
J.D. Martinez is still around, but Boston's playoff chances appear borderline at best. With 13 spots left open on the roster, the front office could be signaling that the main focus of the 2020 season will be adding young talent and developing for the future.