Look, the whole article starts with this:
The uncomfortable predicament in which the Boston Red Sox will find themselves on the first day of 2023 is simple: Their roster appears to be significantly less talented than it was in 2022, when the Red Sox finished last in the American League East.
Janes does not offer any evidence of this, simply presents it as fact and moves on as though she's properly established a premise. She hasn't. Let's go through the roster:
1B: Full year of Casas. Upgrade over the Dalbec/Cordero tandem
2B: Story. Same guy, presuming fewer injuries, upgrade.
SS: Unknown, but clearly a downgrade
3B: Raffy, same guy
LF: Yoshida, unknown but the whole scouting department seems pretty adamant that he's at least an offensive upgrade over Verdugo.
CF: Hernandez, same guy, presuming fewer injuries, upgrade over the time Duran got
RF: Verdugo, upgrade over JBJ
C: McGuire, jury's out on offense but certainly a defensive upgrade over Vazquez. And Wong is better than what we got from Plawecki this year.
DH: Turner's bat and defensive flexibility seem likely to be worth more than the half season of suck JDM gave us this year. Upgrade.
SP1: Sale, projected at 2.9 fwar, better than Hill's 1.8 this year (yes, Hill was our most valuable pitcher this year). Upgrade.
SP2: Bello, who both just put up 1.3 fwar to Wacha's 1.5 in less than half as many innings, and seems likely to give us more innings than Wacha's 127. Upgrade.
SP3: Paxton/Whitlock/Houck; both of the latter had significant time lost to injuries, let's say we assume they all get injured injured again so we'll expect as much production, but if any of the 3 stay healthy as starters, likely upgrade.
SP4: Pivetta, still Pivetta.
SP5: Kluber, Eovaldi gave us an injury-plagued 1.0 fwar and looked bad coming back from it at the end. Kluber is old but seems a good bet to produce more than that, and Chaim has so far been pretty successful at getting production on these short term starter deals. Upgrade.
Not having 19 starts from Winckowski and Seabold: priceless.
The negative production of Robles, Diekman, Hernandez, Danish, Bazardo, Ort, Familia, Sawamura and Valdez is gone, replaced by Jansen, Martin and Rodriguez. Huge upgrade.
Now we can have discussions here about whether things look better or worse than last year (to me it seems like they've clearly upgraded the team despite the loss of Xander), but Janes just doesn't do that. Presents it as "significantly less talented" and writes the whole article like that's a given cause she said so.
JMOH, do you want more? I'm not sure what value there really is in continuing to pick apart a fluff piece like this; I can but it took some time to do this much and I'm feeling like it's really not worth it.