Boston Red Sox: 5 Players Trying to Save Their Jobs for 2015

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Boston Red Sox: 5 Players Trying to Save Their Jobs for 2015
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Starter Clay Buchholz's 2014 season has been one to forget.

The Boston Red Sox have started the proverbial "turning of the page," as the team looks forward to its chances in the 2015 MLB season.

Boasting one of the deepest and most promising farm systems in all of baseball, the Red Sox can look forward to a bright future. It's made up largely of home-grown talent developed in recent years thanks to the excellent coaching staffs within Boston's minor league affiliates.

But with such a large cast of promising prospects, the invariable reality is that other players have to go. A major league roster is only so big, and the door needs to be in continuous rotation in order to maintain the legitimacy of a franchise over a long period of time.

We have seen the initial phases of this transformation. Some of Boston's trade-deadline deals have brought in younger, cheaper talent. Other transactions were intended to give the Red Sox openings for which prospects could soon fill.

Yet a number of current Red Sox remain on the bubble when it comes to formulating the team's outlook in 2015 and beyond.

Which of these players who end up staying may be directly attributed to their performances in the coming weeks? With Boston's 2014 season all but conceded, the focus now shifts to putting the best team on the field next year.

In this slideshow, we break down five of these players who are vying to save their jobs with the team in 2015.

We shall look at the various factors behind why each player is on the bubble. And we will try to predict what each player needs to do and what must happen in order to remain on the roster.

Let's have a look.

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