After season to remember, can Red Sox repeat?

Harrington Gardiner | Staff Writer

There was another celebration in Boston last month.

Will there be yet another next year?

The Red Sox followed up their 108-win regular season with the team’s ninth World Series championship – and their fourth in the past 15 seasons.

Journeyman slugger Steve Pearce was named World Series MVP, David Price reversed his playoff pitching curse and rookie manager Alex Cora guided Boston past the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games.

There are big-name free agents on the market this winter who could improve rival clubs, yet the Red Sox have the roster to compete for another title.

Outfielder Mookie Betts didn’t have the best World Series, but he had an outstanding regular season and could be named American League MVP. Boston also boasts Xander Bogaerts and J.D. Martinez.

The big question is: Will pitcher Chris Sale’s shoulder hold up?

That’s one thing that could hold up more celebration plans for Boston.

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