The Return of Theo Epstein to the Red Sox Indicates a Rebuilding Year in 2024

Former Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein has joined Fenway Sports Group as a senior advisor. Although he won’t oversee personnel decisions, Epstein will have a major role in guiding the Red Sox’ future. This move could be too late for the 2024 season, though. After finishing 2023 with their third losing record in four seasons and firing general manager Chaim Bloom, the Red Sox are vowing to aggressively build their roster in 2024. Team ownership is determined to be competitive, but so far has done little in free agency, raising concern that they are “punting” on the 2024 season. Epstein’s hiring suggests that the Red Sox may be focusing more on the long-term than on the upcoming season.