While new Red Sox manager John Farrell acknowledged on multiple occasions on Tuesday that there is plenty of work in front of his new club after its 69-93 record, he also suggested that he believes the team can contend in 2013. While that is far from a guarantee, he became the first Red Sox official this offseason to state clearly that he believes that next year's team can restore its postseason ambitions.
"With the roster that's there now, there's a core group there that you can build around," Farrell said. "I think a couple of things will need to happen [to contend in 2013]. Certain players return to the form and the performance that they’ve established for themselves, and not just a one-year situation -- guys who have estabilished a cereer path and a career recod of being above average and get the guys back who were taken out because of injury, to get them back fully healthy and then whatever additions are brought forward into this group, I think this has got an opportunity to be a fairly quick turnaournd and get to the point of contending next year."
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