Don’t be boring, Red Sox.

Whatever this offseason entails, here’s hoping Chaim Bloom and Co. decide to make things interesting.

The last thing this team needs after an MLB-worst 58% decrease in TV ratings from 2019 to 2020 is another offseason like the one they had last year. Other than making dozens of waiver claims and minor acquisitions, the Sox largely did nothing until February, when they traded Mookie Betts and David Price to the Dodgers and said goodbye to competing in 2020.

Another off-season like that and the Sox might become utterly irrelevant in their own market. The good news is there are several big decisions for Bloom to ponder. And with free agents eligible to sign once the five-day period after the World Series ends (Nov. 2), it could happen fast.

Here are the top-five things the Red Sox need to look at:

1. Get Alex Cora back to town

He’ll need more than the Bobby Valentine fake-nose-and-glasses to make it through Boston Logan International Airport unnoticed. It’s been a while since the Red Sox had this kind of anticipation surrounding a potential acquisition, especially a nonplayer acquisition.

The surprise would be if Cora wasn’t hired back. There’s too much love for him from ownership on down to the clubhouse. Think players don’t have much of a say? Think again. Ron Roenicke wasn’t necessarily beaming with managerial opportunities, but the former bench coach was the players’ choice ahead of 2020, and they made that abundantly clear.

The clubhouse has a lot of love for Cora and didn’t seem to lose any love, despite his substantial role in the Astros’ sign-stealing scheme in 2017. While the Astros’ spent 2020 playing the role of villains, it’s fair to wonder what the Red Sox’ season would look like in 2021 with Cora back in the dugout. Public shame might be coming their way, but as long as they’re winning, don’t expect the organization to care.

Cora is good for business and he’s good for the ballclub. It shouldn’t be a difficult decision, no matter the extensive list of managerial candidates the Sox have already interviewed.

2. Will they dive straight back into the free agent pool?

The Red Sox hit the reset button on the luxury tax. They even tweeted a picture of the button (and then deleted it after realizing that their fans actually don’t get excited by losing; what a surprise!).

The question now is whether or not they’ll use their newfound financial flexibility to actually improve their team for 2021, or if Bloom’s commitment to building a sustainable winning franchise includes a narrow, long-term focus.

Bloom’s former boss Andrew Friedman, now the architect of the Dodgers, was able to do both simultaneously in a way that put the Dodgers on top of the baseball world not only in the present, but very likely in the future.

There are some big-ticket free agents that could certainly tempt Bloom to start spending in just his second year at the helm. There are sure to be some teams dying to get out from some large contracts after a season in which teams were without any gate revenue.

3. Decline the $6.5-million option on Martin Perez

Why? We detailed it here.

As cost-effective as it might seem to land a reliable innings-eater on a bargain deal, Perez has consistently been one of the least effective starting pitchers in baseball. He showed no signs of changing the course under the Red Sox’ guidance, and if the team is serious about improving ahead of 2021, they need quality arms more than a quantity of arms, the latter of which was painful to watch in 2020.

4. How will the fan base react to the Sox’ offseason juxtaposed with Betts’ extension and World Series ring?

Sure, we can sit here and pretend it doesn’t matter what the fans think, that the Red Sox need to buckle down and act like the Rays, making the best decisions the computer spits out, no matter the real-life implications. Or we can look back to 2020, realize that Sox fans have no patience for terrible teams and care a lot about what is going on in other baseball cities.

It’s purely anecdotal, but it’s difficult to understate how often Red Sox fans approach me in the dog park, via email or social media and tell me they’re Dodgers fans now. They’re rooting for Betts and they’re mad at the Red Sox for trading him.

This isn’t like the early 2000s, when the Sox were chasing the Yankees and needed to make moves directly to counter whatever was happening in the Bronx. But to pretend that trading Betts, who then immediately signed a 12-year extension and won a ring in Los Angeles, doesn’t matter to Red Sox fans would be irresponsible.

5. Clarify the pitching strategy

Chris Sale should be back by May, at the latest. All indications are Eduardo Rodriguez is recovering from myocarditis, inflammation in the heart brought on by his bout with COVID-19, and should be able to pitch, but that remains uncertain. Nathan Eovaldi should never be counted on, but is under contract.

Does this mean the Red Sox are going to have a traditional starting rotation with five legitimate starters? Or will they do what they did in 2020 again and force their fans to watch a different mop-up man start the game each night, only to get five outs, allow three runs and turn the game over to a bullpen that was overused and under-talented?

A little clarity would be nice, either way. At least we’ll know what to expect.