Wednesday, April 16, 2014
The Red Sox roster looks unofficially complete with reports that the Red Sox will not be adding Ryan Sweeney to the team. The news should mean that Jackie Bradley Jr. will stay in the majors, although Boston needs to make room for him on the 40-man roster (i.e. someone has to be taken off ... Mauro Gomez?).
See the likely 25-man major league roster below.
The other news out of the Red Sox camp was reliever Daniel Bard being sent down, but not to Pawtucket. He will be in Portland, working on his command. Once he demonstrates consistency, Bard should be moving along.
It is similar to when Bard first came to Portland in 2008. He was just starting to get his command back, and he used Portland as a springboard to the majors.
Another pitcher who is in the rebuilding process is Anthony Ranaudo, once the No. 1 Red Sox pitching prospect. He’s rebounding from an injury-riddled 2012. See the Story.
Boston’s projected major league roster
Starting pitchers: Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, Ryan Dempster, Felix Doubront, John Lackey.
Relievers: Joel Hanrahan, Andrew Bailey, Alfredo Aceves, Andrew Miller, Junichi Tazawa, Koji Uehara, Clayton Mortensen.
Catchers: Jarrod Saltalamacchia, David Ross.
Infielders: Mike Napoli, Dustin Pedroia, Jose Iglesias, Will Middlebrooks, Pedro Ciriaco, Mike Carp.
Outfielders: Jacoby Ellsbury, Jonny Gomes, Shane Victorino, Daniel Nava, Jackie Bradley Jr.
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.
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