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Boston has Price, Kelly at Top; Dombrowski Not Afraid to Make Trades

After a disastrous 2015 campaign, the Boston Red Sox will be trying to reclaim their position as one of the best teams in baseball. During the offseason, the Red Sox went about reestablishing their dominance by spending a lot of money in free agency, improving their online MLB sports betting odds of making the playoffs in the process.

The Red Sox went after prized free agent David Price, signing him to a seven year, $217 million. Despite the signing, critics don’t think the Red Sox starting rotation is going to be very good this season.

If you are a Red Sox fan, there is no reason to be worried because it is too early to tell how good the Red Sox rotation will be.

So far during spring training, David Price has been penciled in as the pitching ace, which makes a lot of sense when you consider how much they paid him in the offseason. At the end of the Boston rotation is Joe Kelly, a former reliever they are hoping can step into the starting rotation easily.

During spring training, Price and Kelly have pitched well. Price has a 3.86 ERA while Kelly has been better with a 1.38 ERA.

While both Price and Kelly have played well during spring training, the other starting pitchers haven’t played quite as well. Clay Buchholtz, who is projected to be Boston’s #2 pitcher, has been inconsistent during spring training.

Buchholtz, who missed a lot of time last year due to injury, is still struggling with his ball control. According to Red Sox insiders, the club is less worried about his control issues than they are about the amount of time he missed due to injury.

Red Sox manager John Farrell believes it might take Buchholtz some time to get over the mental hurdles when coming back from a serious injury the previous year. While the mental hurdles aren’t as severe as the hurdles players recovering from Tommy John surgery go through, it is still a very difficult hurdle to overcome.

Buchholtz isn’t the only Red Sox pitcher struggling right now. Eduardo Rodriguez, who was expected to compete with Buchholtz for the #2 spot has been dealing with injuries of his own, and isn’t expected to be ready for opening day.

Rick Porcello is another projected starter for the Red Sox but his 12.0 ERA in the spring hasn’t been very impressive.

Despite the injuries and disappointing spring performances, the Red Sox aren’t very worried about their rotation. One of the reasons the organization isn’t too concerned is the fact that Boston has one of the deepest farm systems in MLB, which means they can always call a prospect up of one of their veterans is underperforming.

Another reason Red Sox fans shouldn’t be worried about their pitching rotation is the fact that Dave Dombrowski, the team’s president of baseball operations, has a history of making big trades and won’t hesitate to pull the trigger if he finds a trade he feels will greatly benefit the team.

Even with all the question marks the team has at the pitching position, Dombrowski can take a wait and see approach since the Red Sox are favored by most experts to win the AL East

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