What is the biggest concern for the defending world champion Red Sox heading into spring training next week?
Ex-Sox infielder Lou Merloni and Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald discussed the topic with Michael Felger on Sports Tonight.
"For me it's the young position players," Merloni said. Last year, you had [Jacoby] Ellsbury in center but this kid Jackie Bradley behind him. [Jose] Iglesias at short, but Stephen Drew there, too. If you start the year with [Xander] Boagaerts, [Will] Middlebrooks and [Jackie] Bradley, that concerns me because I don't see where the help is coming from."
Buckley's question is the bullpen. Not only does he wonder if closer Koji Uehara can continue his magic from last season, but how about those relievers in front of him?
"No. 1 on my list is bullpen," Buckley said. "They went to their fourth guy last year [when they discovered Uehara as closer]. Can they get the kind of bullpen from the fifth inning on they got last year?"