With Spring Training less than a month away, the Red Sox 40 Man
Roster should be fairly set until the end of camp. I'll take this
opportunity to review the entire roster. Lets face it, there's not much
else going on.
The 2012 Red Sox fell so far, so fast it is difficult to remember that at the July 31 Trade Deadline that the Red Sox were still on the periphery of contention. GM Ben Cherrington was in a difficult spot. He had a psuedo contender that had numerous weaknesses, little room in his payroll budget, and his only trade chips with real value were part of his long-term plan and too valuable to move to try and patch what was at best a fringe contender.
In acquiring Craig Breslow, Cherrington acquired a pitcher who would help the 2012 team and still be under team control in 2013. All he parted with was a 38 year-old journeyman who spent all of 2011 in the minors (Scott Podsednik) and a middle reliever who had been shaky when trusted with a higher leverage role (Matt Albe...