The Boston Red Sox nearly have their 25-man roster finalized after the additions of catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli, outfielder Shane Victorino, outfielder Jonny Gomes, catcher David Ross and reliever Koji Uehara. What Boston still lacks, however, is starting pitching and a complementary player or two.
Boston’s starting rotation through the conclusion of the winter meetings projects to be Jon Lester at the top, Clay Buchholz as the No. 2, Felix Doubront as the middleman and John Lackey as the No. 4. It’s still undetermined as to who will fit in the No. 5 spot. The Red Sox could bring up a starter from the minor leagues or flirt with Franklin Morales in the rotation again.
The Red Sox could also use a veteran infielder who could potentially start at shortstop if Jose Iglesias gets off to a slow start. Iglesias hit .118/.200/.191 in 25 games with Boston in 2012, and even though the Red Sox still have Pedro Ciriaco on their roster, they could seek other options.
Boston general manager Ben Cherington still has a few more moves to make before the start of spring training, and here’s a look at five of them.