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Devers knows all too well what is in store

Coming directly from a completely unexpected source, it has been confirmed that the Red Sox are proceeding into the season understanding that winning a whole lot is not expected by anyone.

Rafael Devers, seemingly a quiet sort when others around him are growling, dismissed management’s ambivalence toward success in 2024 by making a request that he must realize will not inspire action.

“They need to make an adjustment to help us players to be in a better position to win,” he said through a translator, per the Associated Press.

“Everybody in this organization wants to win. We, as (players), want to win. I think they need to make an adjustment to help us win. I’m not saying that the team is not OK right now, but they need to be conscious of what are the (weaknesses) and what we need.”

Oh, they know the weaknesses. And they know what this ballclub needs to give it even a whisker of relevance in the powerhouse American League East.

They just have no interest in addressing immediate deficiencies if it means taking their focus off the long haul.

Make that a very long haul.

Having won four championships by spending what is necessary to fully complement their organization’s home-grown talent, they have made a sharp turn into the land littered with have-nots.

In short: They may not win much this year, or next, or even the year after that. But, just watch them flourish when their revitalized farm system starts churning out talent.

Anyone who has paid much attention the past couple years understands that the Red Sox have not exactly flooded the Major League market with farm-system phenoms. There is little to indicate that will change in time for them to avoid another last-place finish this season.

To show that there is room for a thin slice of long-term hope, we won’t damn them to a last-place finish in 2025.

There will be ample opportunity to ponder that probability after their lease on the basement is up for renewal.

It might seem that John Henry, et al, don’t care a whole lot if their fan base is angry. Surely they must know that the growls could soon be measured by gate receipts and NESN ratings.

But such evidence isn’t really needed to confirm the obvious.

New Englanders may care too much to wholly abandon the ballclub. But one need not search for longer than a blink to find Red Sox fans who understand that they are being taken for a rocky ride.