Say what you want about the Boston Red Sox’s occasional trip to the American League East basement. The organization doesn’t take losing lightly and usually acts aggressively in the face of adversity.

We shouldn’t expect anything different as the Red Sox look to rebound from a disappointing 2020 season and a mediocre 2019 campaign on the heels of an historic World Series run in 2018, even if Boston is a bit more pragmatic in its wheeling and dealing this time around.

The Red Sox could turn to free agency to plug their holes. After all, they figure to have more financial flexibility this offseason after resetting their luxury tax. But chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom is committed to building a sustainable contender, a long-term goal that is unlikely to be achieved by simply throwing money at problems for short-term fixes.

It doesn’t help, either, that this year’s free agency class is uninspiring, especially when it comes to Boston’s biggest weakness: Pitching.

The Red Sox are hopeful to have Chris Sale (Tommy John surgery) and Eduardo Rodriguez (myocarditis) back in 2021, but the rotation still needs another reinforcement or two. Nathan Eovaldi and Martin Perez were Boston’s only legitimate starters for most of the condensed 2020 Major League Baseball season, with hat tips to prospect Tanner Houck and newcomer Nick Pivetta for showing promise down the stretch.