Sunday March 20, 2011 | 08:15 AM

So Jonathan Papelbon has a 12.60 ERA in five innings of work this spring. Worried?

Normally, you toss out the "it's only spring training" line, except this is Papelbon we're talking about and he is coming off a season when he blew eight saves.

So, how do you like the bullpen so far?

In today's Baseball Column, we look at the bullpen vacancies, among other topics.

While Boston will make a go of it with Papelbon, the Red Sox do have some decisions to make. One choice may likely be lefty Dennys Reyes, 33, a 14-year veteran who seems to be getting better. His ERA the last five seasons has been under 4.00, and his WHIP (walks/hits per inning) is usually in the low 1's.

He is definitely a better left-handed option than Hideki Okajima, who has been getting hit hard this spring.

Then there is the issue of Tim Wakefield. Does he make the roster simply because he "deserves" it or does he still bring value? Rob Bradford of WEEI looks at the issue.

And for your continued reading, I've linked two stories from Bill Madden of the New York Daily News. One is a look at the Red Sox. The other a glance at the Yankees roster taking shape.



About this Blog

Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.

Follow his thoughts on the Boston Red Sox and Portland Sea Dogs on Clearing the Bases

Follow his thoughts on the Boston Celtics and Maine Red Claws on Holding Court

Subscribe to the
Holding Court RSS

Subscribe to the
Clearing the Bases RSS

Previous entries

April 2014

March 2014

January 2014

December 2013

November 2013

October 2013


September 2013

August 2013

July 2013

June 2013

May 2013

April 2013

March 2013

February 2013

January 2013

December 2012

November 2012

October 2012

September 2012

August 2012

July 2012

June 2012

May 2012

April 2012

March 2012

February 2012

January 2012

November 2011

October 2011

September 2011

August 2011

July 2011

June 2011

May 2011

April 2011

March 2011

Further Discussion

Here at we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)
Prefer to respond privately? Email us here.