The Boston Red Sox accomplished the improbable last season, clinching their third World Series title in the past 10 years, just one season after finishing in last place. The Red Sox surpassed all expectations in 2013, but with all eyes on the defending world champs in 2014, what is your biggest concern entering the upcoming season?
The Red Sox’s incredible organizational depth led to a massive party at Fenway in October last season, and although the club lost Jacoby Ellsbury and Jarrod Saltalamachhia in addition to a couple of bullpen arms, it also added a few key pieces this offseason. Boston bolstered its bullpen by acquiring Burke Badenhop and Edward Mujica, boast a plethora of options in the outfield, and although Ryan Dempster announced he won’t pitch in 2014, the starting rotation still remains in great shape.
John Farrell and Co. still have questions to answer, though. Grady Sizemore has pleasantly surprised during spring training, and he continues to battle with Jackie Bradley Jr., for the start in center field on Opening Day. In addition, the loss of Salty means a shake-up behind the plate as David Ross and A.J. Pierzynski now will be tested as the new catching tandem. And although the middle of the order remains largely the same, it will have its work cut out if it hopes to replicate the power that produced an American League-best 853 runs in 2013.