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SB Nation Reacts: Where to add?

The Red Sox roster could use some help, respondents say.

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Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send 30 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Red Sox fans, sign up HERE to join Reacts.

We’re a few days late on this one, which is one me. The results of last week’s Reacts polling got lost in the abyss that is my inbox, and so we’re just getting to these this morning. My apologies! With that out of the way, the question this week was regarding whether or not the Red Sox need are missing pieces on their roster, and if so whether those pieces are on the pitching side or for the offense. Here are the results.

Do they need to add a player?

I think it’s pretty much out of the question that the Red Sox add a player here to the roster before the season starts unless there is a major injury, knock on wood. I do, however, agree with the premise behind this overwhelming response, though, in that it feels like they are still short in a couple of areas. Which, well, we’ll get to right now.

Where should they add?

Another shocker, with the vast majority of respondents saying they need reinforcements on the pitching staff. The exact breakdown here is 57 percent pitchers, 31 percent defense, 11 percent hitting. I’m not sure what happened to the other one percent, but I hope they’re okay. Again, no surprise here, though I don’t actually think there’s room for another starter. If you want to make the argument that they should have added better pitchers to the rotation, that’s fair, but the number of starters seems right. That said, another reliever would be nice. Shane Greene is a notable free agent still on the board. I also think they could use more help in the outfield, but I’m not sure where exactly this help is coming from.

Still, as I said what we see sure seems like what we’re going to get. This is still a much better roster than we saw last year, of course, but it’s clear there is agreement that it still feels light.