A roster in shambles, That is a real LOL.
That roster that the new GM (Theo Epstein) inherited in 2003, included Manny Ramirez, Pedro Martinez, Johnny Damon, Jason Varitek, Derek Lowe, Bill Mueller, Kevin Millar and David Ortiz.
Hardly a shambles!
Grady Little was not fired until after the 2003 schedule anyway, when Pedro was left in too long and against Theo's express orders to not let him pitch more than 90 pitches.
To Theo though, I credit the acquisitions of Mark Bellhorn and a second ace pitcher, named Curt Schilling.. Still, after all that, they only won Wild Card status. And then the miracle happened, and I don't think Theo had much to do with that, as the Red Sox were down three games to none against the Yankees in the ALCS, and losing by a run in the ninth inning of the fourth game, yet somehow managed to tie against Mariano Duncan and then went on to win in extra innings. And then win the next three games to oust the hated Yankees and go to the World Series.
And even then they lucked out as one of the poorest NL teams in recent memory, The Rockies, was their opponent and the Red Sox swept them in four games.
Some genius, sheer luck I calls it.
About Cashman, he has done his job, but he has his faults too. Any way, he has done somewhat better than Theo and his luckiness