Projecting Boston Red Sox's Final 25-Man Roster at the Start of Spring Training

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Projecting Boston Red Sox's Final 25-Man Roster at the Start of Spring Training
Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press
Red Sox manager John Farrell is looking to cement his final 25-man roster.

With the Boston Red Sox now fully immersed in spring training, the team is looking to solidify and cement its final 25-man roster en route to Opening Day 2014.

The Red Sox once again find themselves in the coveted position of defending a World Series championship, yet have been forced to endure a number of various changes and setbacks in the weeks and months leading up to the regular season.

There have been some substantial changes in Boston's lineup from last season—most notably, the departures of players like Jacoby Ellsbury and Jarrod Saltalamacchia via free agency.  Veteran righty Ryan Dempster shall also miss all of 2014.

A new cast of characters have also stepped into the fold—including veteran backstop A.J. Pierzynski and three-time All-Star outfielder Grady Sizemore.

A number of Red Sox rookies will also have their chance to shine at the big league level.

Atop that, Boston will carry over almost the entire starting rotation that helped propel the team towards victory in the Fall Classic.  Supplemented by a reinforced bullpen, the Red Sox's arms appear just as venerable as they were a year ago.

In this slideshow, we take a preseason look at what the Red Sox's final 25-man roster will look like come Opening Day.

For the sake of clarity and consistency, we shall use Boston's roster provided by CBS Sports in order to help us evaluate each position and which players will crack the roster on Opening Day.

Sure, there are a number of things left to be decided when it comes to evaluating each one of the starters and which players will wind up being backups.  Depth charts are yet to be determined, at least in the mind of Red Sox manager John Farrell.

Yet there is a pretty good indication—aside from some competition at a few positions—that the Red Sox's final roster is close to being set. 

Let us jump right into it.

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