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Down the stretch, the bullpen was the Achilles heel of the 2011 Boston Red Sox.
They had two bright spots, Jonathan Papelbon and Alfredo Aceves. Daniel Bard will likely recover from his torturous September but other than that there are a bunch of question marks and not many answers.
Alfredo Aceves should be the teams top priority in the bullpen as he proved to be a stud throughout the entire year, throwing scoreless inning after scoreless inning when the Red Sox needed him the most. He will get a hefty raise over his $650,000 salary in 2011 but it is well deserved.
Other than Aceves, Theo Epstein, if he doesn't bolt for the Chicago Cubs, will have to target some free agent bullpen arms.
Some guys he should look into could be Frank Francisco, Heath Bell, Jonathan Broxton and Matt Capps to name a few.
Theo has never been able to assemble a great bullpen and if he can't do it again for 2012, it could once again prove to be the Achilles heel of the team.