Predicting the Red Sox’s next possible roster moves after Sam Kennedy’s comments

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The Boston Red Sox front office make statements that change like the weather.

In mid-January at Winter Weekend, CEO Sam Kennedy stated that the team's 2024 payroll would likely be less than the 2023 figure. Fans were given the impression that the roster was finished and there would be no more acquisitions.

But that statement has possibly changed, too. Even if it's for the better, this is getting exhausting. At the Red Sox's Truck Day, Kennedy made a statement that suggests changes could be coming.

"The offseason continues,” Kennedy said via MassLive's Chris Cotillo. “There’s still a lot of unsigned players and conversations going on. I would anticipate there’s still work to be done.”

It's uncertain if there are specific changes coming that Kennedy was referencing. But Red Sox Nation is hungry for improvements to the roster after a boring offseason during which the biggest acquisition was Lucas Giolito.

Kennedy's comments came two days after Boston's reunion with Theo Epstein, as he purchased a stake in Fenway Sports Group. The breaker of the Curse of the Bambino has influence in the front office again, and it's possible his resurgence of authority with the Red Sox has Kennedy feeling more optimistic about the future of the team.

There's still a glaring need for starting pitching and consistent power hitting and there are players available that would be smart to target. It would also be possible to fill those jobs through trades — Epstein tends to make bolder moves than the front office hasn't been keen to allow in recent years.

Predicting the Red Sox’s next free agency/trade moves after Sam Kennedy’s comments