Two years ago, the Red Sox appeared to be primed for a long run as the kings of baseball.

The trade for Adrian Gonzalez and the signing of free-agent Carl Crawford had bolstered Boston’s already talented roster, one Kevin Youkilis and his teammates believed was ready for greatness.

The greatest late-season collapse in baseball history, as it turned out.

“You can be very confident, but there’s also such a thing as overconfidence where you think your ability is going to take you,” Youkilis said. “You can get a little too cocky and too comfortable in your settings; maybe that’s what happened to us.”

Youkilis watched the Blue Jays load up this winter, adding R.A. Dickey, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes, Melky Cabrera and Maicer Izturis to a roster that already included Jose Bautista, Brett Lawrie and Edwin Encarnacion.

Toronto is listed as the favorites to win the World Series according Bovada, a sports betting web site, at 7-1 odds. Those are the same odds the Angels had a year ago after adding both Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson to their roster. The Angels also added MVP candidate Mike Trout to their lineup a month into the season, yet when the postseason began, they were home watching on television.