OK I get it - overall this offseason the Red Sox have declined to overpay for free agents, and have even jettisoned a big alabatros contract, and used that to replace their center fielder. They've also done a good job of not caving to public pressure and trading some pretty good pitching prospects But what are we left with? An improved team? That's a big IF - and is one that might not have an answer this year as much depends on whether the prospects pan out. Its possible this could be a lost season for the Sox, with the Blue Jays and Yankees looking stronger than the Sox. While I hope that Defense and Pitching can make up for it, what fan isn't a tiny bit alarmed about what looks like a potentially anemic offense. Is Crisp an upgrade over Damon at the plate? I'd say no. Is Gonsalves/Cora an upgrade over Rentaria? In terms of salary and defense yes, but they both drop .025 points in BA. Is Lowell an upgrade over Mueller at 3rd? Call it a wash because we don't know if Lowell is healthy enough to swing a bat or throw to first at this point - but probably not an upgrade. Is Loretta an improvement over Tony Graffanino? I'd say its a wash to no. Is Youkilis/Snow an upgrade over Millar? I'd be inclined to say yes, but who knows what Millar's clubhouse presence was worth to Manny's average. Of course, we've still got Manny and Ortiz, assuming they don't do something stupid like trading Manny (I don't care how much they overpaid for him - we have him and he produces) But overall while I think our defense got better, and our prospects are a year older, our offensive production will drop this year when if anything I would have wanted it to get better. We'd better hope our pitchers all return to form or it could be a short season.