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Bullpen will be fine


Despite the fact that Theo whiffed on Scott Downs, Jesse Crain, and Matt Guerrer, there is still talent left on the market that I believe that the Sox are pursuing. 

My favorite remaining free agents are John Rauch, Andrew Miller, and Pedro Feliciano.  While we could go for a bigger name like Jenks or Fuentes, there is a chance that they can then take over the closer role after 2011 if Bard isn't capable of doing so.  Frankly, all we are missing is depth.  Bard and Papelbon (especially Bard) were overused last year.  Bard had an all star type season.  That one-two punch at the tail end of the pen is very good.  The bridge to get there is not.  I think Felix Doubront will make an excellent reliever next year.  Other than him, the rest of the pen must be filled by a combination of Wake, Atchison, Bowden, Albers, and Dinardo.  None of them can be remotely reliable next year, so signing at least two mid-level relievers seems imperative.  But even if we don't, potential trades are still out there.  Cleveland is looking to rebuild, and both Joe Smith and Rafael Perez will most likely be available.  Also, Seattle is shopping former Sox reliever David Aardsma, who I have always liked.

Bottom line is that we must acquire at least two relievers to bridge the gap to Bard and Pap.  To me, the best options are Miller, Rauch, Feliciano, Smith, Perez, and Aardsma.  Signing an elite guy like Jenks would be great, but we must remember that we don't need a complete overhaul this year, just depth in the pen.  


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