With the return of John Farrell officially scheduled for Tuesday at noon, the question can change from who will manager the Red Sox in 2012, to who will get the most out of Farrell's return to Boston?
After a season in which Boston had a team ERA of 4.70 and a team high of 11 wins by Clay Buchholz, the starting rotation and staff as a whole needs needs a lift heading into 2013.
Farrell, who notably helped the Sox to a World Series in 2007 with an extremely efficent staff, comes to a team with questions ranging from who will start on Opening Day, to who will pitch the seventh and eighth innings.
For argument's sake, let's stick with the rotation.
Will Jon Lester pitch like the Lester of old with the return of a steady hand like Farrell? Will Buchholz cut down on his walks enough to regain confidence? Will Felix Doubront continue to be a strong left-handed pitcher in the middle of the rotation? And what can we expect with the return of John Lackey and, maybe, Daniel Bard?
So many questions, but what's the answer?
You decide which Red Sox pitcher will benefit the most from Farrell's return. Vote in the poll below.
Which Red Sox pitcher will benefit from John Farrell's arrival?