With several free agents signed and the roster beginning to take shape, the Boston Red Sox have now offered fans a strong glimpse of what their 2013 edition will look like. While the signings haven’t been glamorous, they have been exceedingly functional and given the roster the most balance it has had in a long time.
Those concerned about a “bridge year” will holler about the lack of thump in the lineup or consistent front-line starters, but the reality is that many of the problems that plagued the Sox the last two seasons (lack of leadership and balance in the lineup) have been addressed by GM Ben Cherington.
Nevertheless, some significant questions still linger as the Sox move into the latter stages of their offseason rebuilding effort. Here are four major issues that still need to be addressed before the 2013 season begins: