Theo Epstein knew that the bullpen was a top priority heading into this offseason, and while Boston made its biggest splashes going after some of the top bats in the major leagues, the Red Sox have been very active adding to their core of relievers as well.
A principal theme seen in the bullpen signings is that of AL East experience.
Of the four principal acquisitions, only Bobby Jenks has never pitched in the division, and his 173 career saves should be more than enough to compensate.
Lenny DiNardo and Matt Albers both have both struggled to find their best stuff over the past couple seasons, but each has been a successful pitcher in the vaunted AL East at some point of each’s career.
Dan Wheeler arrives in Boston from rival Tampa Bay. He had a 3.24 ERA from 2008-10 with the Rays. He’s also 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA against the Red Sox in his career, so it will be nice for Boston to not have to face him.
All four relievers bring something different to Boston’s bullpen, but which one do you think is the best addition?