Will the Red Sox, coming off consecutive last-place finishes under John Farrell, be tempted to make a quick change if they start slowly?
Addressing some smaller, but not-so-insignificant questions for the Red Sox as spring training approaches.
Dave Dombrowski's in-season approach will probably be different than Ben Cherington's. How different? Let us count the ways . . .
4yThe Red Sox reportedly agree on a minor league deal with right-handed pitcher Aaron Cook. Cook has battled through injuries over the last few seasons, but could prove to be a nice signing.
4ySean McAdam offers a glimpse at his Hall of Fame ballot and the reasoning behind it.
4yThough the Red Sox filled a hole when they traded for closer Andrew Bailey, they didn't solve all their problems. There are still several moves the Sox could make to improve their depth.
4yThe point of the Red Sox and A's trade was to bring in a closer. Mission accomplished. But by trading Josh Reddick and acquiring Ryan Sweeney, the outfield situation is still the same.
4yThe Sox find their replacement for Jonathan Papelbon after trading for A's closer Andrew Bailey. The move works for the Sox for a number of reasons.MORE: Thumbs up for Cherington Profile: Miles Head
4yThe Japanese pitchers are close in age, posting fees in excess of 50 million comparisons Daisuke Matsuzaka might begin, but scout Mike Brown thinks that may be where the comparisons end.
4yOne of the challenges for new pitching coach Bob McClure is to figure out the best place for pitchers like Daniel Bard and Alfredo Aceves.