Ranking every Boston Red Sox season from this decade
By Sean Penney
Boston bounced back from consecutive last-place finishes to win 93 games and a division title in 2016.
David Price made his Red Sox debut that season after signing a $217 million free-agent deal, which at the time made him the highest paid pitcher in baseball history. He led the league in innings pitched but his 3.99 ERA was viewed as a disappointment considering his massive salary.
Price may not have lived up to his ace billing but Rick Porcello eagerly took that mantle with a career year. The right-hander won 22 games with a 3.15 ERA and 5.91 K/BB ratio to capture the AL Cy Young award.
A breakout year from Mookie Betts earned the outfielder his first All-Star appearance, Silver Slugger and Gold Glove award. He would finish as the runner-up for the MVP.
The most memorable part of this season was David Ortiz‘ farewell tour. With the finish line of his career in sight, Big Papi delivered one of the best seasons of his career by hitting .315 with 38 home runs. Ortiz led the league with 127 RBI, a .620 SLG and a 1.021 OPS.
Boston’s return to the postseason was short-lived as they were swept in the ALDS by the Cleveland Indians.