Team Strengths: The homegrown outfield of Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi and Jackie Bradley Jr. stays arguably baseball’s best, while mashing designated hitter J.D. Martinez and each member of October’s starting rotation return as well.
Team Weaknesses: The Red Sox’s bullpen needed help from the novices to get through the postseason, and now setup man Joe Kelly and nearer Craig Kimbrel left as free agents. Homegrown relief successes Ryan Pressly, Alex Wilson and Jose Alvarez were all traded away early in their careers, restricting their in-house choices.
What They Did About It: The Red Sox relied exclusively on small signings to attempt enhance their relief corps. Ryan Weber, Erasmo Ramirez and Carson Smith signed minor league deals, and Colten Brewer was acquired in a trade with the Padres. Jenrry Mejia, who was reinstated from his life ban last summer and has not pitched in the majors since 2015, was to signed a minor league deal as well.
Closing Outlook: The Red Sox’s bullpen includes a great deal of questions marks, but with mostly every major contributor to the lineup and starting turning back, the defending champions should come back to the postseason.
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