Breaking News: Red Sox sign pitcher Takashi Saito to one year deal, with club option for 2010.
With the Red Sox signing their fifth pitcher of the offseason Friday, they apparently think their hitting is okay.
Trading Coco Crisp for Ramon Ramirez was their first of many pitching acquisitions. They later signed John Smoltz, Brad Penny, Japanese pitcher Junichi Tazawa, and now they added Takashi Saito.
All of them will join the bullpen as because the starting rotation is doing very well.
With a rotation something like this: Daisuke Matsuzaka, Jon Lester, Josh Beckett, Tim Wakefield, and rookie sensation Michael Bowden. They have the experience in Wakefield, and the youth in Bowden and Lester. Penny could eventually make his way into the rotation if Bowden blows it or someone gets hurt.
If all of their signings go to the bullpen, they will have solid bullpen. With Papelbon closing the game and Justin Masterson as the set-up man, that is good enough.
But with back to back games, and you use both of them, last year they would pitch Manny Delcarmen, who wouldn't always come through. This year they have a plethora of pitchers to choose from.
They are looking good for this year and can easily compete with the Yankees and Rays.