I hate the Red Sox with a passion but damned if they didn't rebound completely after that godawful 2012 season. Frankly, I'm surprised more of us didn't see this coming --- 2012 was caused less by Bobby V and more by Ortiz, Pedroia, Lester, Buchholz, Ellsbury and more all being injured. These guys were all healthy (save Buchholz) in 2013 and boom, the team is awesome again. Combine that with John Lackey's resurrection, Koji Uehara becoming a superman and hitting on all of their gritty, count-working, OBP, beard guys, and there are your champions.
"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." --- Bart Giamatti, on baseball
Manny, with all his problems last year, still put up really good numbers. If he repeats those numbers (or even loses 50-60 OPS points), it's still a huge bargain for Tampa Bay. So, Damon, Manny and about a million draft picks for the Rays this winter.