For the entirety of last offseason, former president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski added exactly one (1) new player from outside the organization to the 40-man roster (reliever Colten Brewer). That was largely by design, as Dombrowski made a decision -- ill-fated, in retrospect -- to keep together very nearly the same group which had won 108 regular-season games and the World Series the previous season.
In sharp contrast, his successor, chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom, has already added 12 new players to the 40-man, to say nothing of the players who were given minor league deals with invitations to major league spring training.
Bloom added to the latter group Tuesday morning when the Sox agreed to terms with veteran catcher Jonathan Lucroy.
It's not a signing that will change the face of the American League East race. Lucroy is 33 and four years removed from his best season, when he slashed .292/.355/.500 with 24 homers, and is likely here, in part, because he played parts of five seasons in Milwaukee for Ron Roenicke, now the Red Sox' interim manager.
But Lucroy's signing boosts the Red Sox' organizational depth at a position that was perilously thin. ChristianVazquez, of course, is the No. 1 catcher at the big league level, with journeyman Kevin Plawecki in contention for the backup spot.