Under pressure to rebuild a team that had lost 90-plus games for the first time since 1966, Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington had an extremely active and nearly flawless offseason as he made over a roster that currently has the best record in baseball at 95-62. The circumstances will be different, but expect Cherington to be just as busy this time around with several key players eligible to become free agents.
Armed with several high-caliber prospects who are close to making an impact in the majors, the Sox are capable of filling holes on the roster with young and inexpensive talent or through trades. But with a payroll that is still fairly flexible since the blockbuster trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers last August, it wouldn't be a surprise if Cherington utilized the free-agent market to fill out his roster once again.
The rotation is set after the midseason acquisition of Jake Peavy, who is signed for 2014, and with Jon Lester's club option expected to be exercised. But with potential holes at catcher, first base, shortstop, center field and the bullpen, the Sox will have some work to do.
Here's a breakdown of each need and which free agents could be targets.