BOSTON (CBS) – After defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in six games to win the World Series, the Boston Red Sox bolstered their roster in the offseason by signing Edward Mujica, Burke Badenhop, Jonathan Herrera, Grady Sizemore and a 37-year-old A.J. Pierzynski.
Okay so that’s not really “bolstering” in the truest sense of the word, but each player should provide a valuable role in helping the team compete in the American League East – but compete for another World Series?
That’s a different story.
For a team that overachieved to begin with in 2013, general manager Ben Cherington didn’t exactly improve his ball club’s chances of repeating. Sure they re-signed Mike Napoli, but Jacoby Ellsbury leaving in free agency to the Yankees is a huge loss.
Andy Gresh and Scott Zolak opened their show Wednesday morning discussing this 2014 Red Sox team, and as it stands right now – just days before pitchers and catchers report – there are too many question marks entering the season.
“Will A.J. Pierzynski be like Jarrod Saltalamacchia? Will third base be turned over to Brock Holt at some point because Will Middlebrooks gets hurt or can’t get the job done? If Jackie Bradley Jr. flames out what’s the long term backup plan? Is Koji Uehara gonna be the same guy? Are we gonna get a real season out of Clay Buchholz?” wondered Gresh.
Add to the list: with six starting pitchers (Jon Lester, John Lackey, Clay Buchholz, Jake Peavy, Felix Doubront and Ryan Dempster) vying for five spots in the starting rotation, who is the odd man out?
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