2013 season: Pitched in 63 games for the Milwaukee Brewers, posting a 2-3 record with a 3.47 ERA; allowed 32 runs, 24 of them earned, in 62.1 innings; struck out 42 batters while allowing 62 hits and 12 walks.
2014 outlook: Traded to the Red Sox in November for minor leaguer Luis Ortega; projected to be depth right hander in the bullpen; named to the Opening Day roster. Next
2013 season: Was called up to Boston in August; hit .296 in 12 playoff games; hit game-tying RBI in eighth inning of Game 3 of the World Series.
2014 outlook: Projected as starting shortstop; looks to become first franchise shortstop since Nomar Garciaparra; ranked by ESPN as second-best prospect in all of baseball. Next
Jackie Bradley Jr.
2013 season: Named Opening Day starter after hitting .419 in 28 Spring Training games; sent to Pawtucket after early struggled; hit .189 in 95 at bats for Red Sox.
2014 outlook: Battled Grady Sizemore for starting centerfield job; could eventually become leadoff hitter after more experience at big-league level. Originally assigned to Triple-A, but recalled when Shane Victorino was placed on the 15-day DL. Next
2013 season: Most consistent lefthander in Red Sox bullpen; had 1.81 ERA in 59.2 innings pitched; pitched 7.1 innings in playoffs, allowing three runs on six hits.
2014 outlook: When healthy, he should pick up where he left off in 2013; could become strong 1-2 lefthanded punch out of the bullpen with a healthy Andrew Miller. Will the start 2014 season on the 15-day DL. Next
2013 season: Arguably best pitcher in baseball for the first two months of the season, going 9-0 with an ERA of 1.73; missed three months due to lingering shoulder pain; returned in September and made three starts in playoffs, going 2-1 with a 5.40 ERA.
2014 outlook: Now knowing he can pitch successfully while not being 100 percent, Buchholz should return to the dominant form seen in the early part of 2013; projected to be the fifth starter in the rotation. Next
2013 season: Pitched in 20 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers, making 20 starts; went 4-7 with a 4.26 ERA in 105.2 innings; had 81 strikeouts against 24 walks.
2014 outlook: Will be used out of bullpen as a lefthander reliever; can come in to start games on an emergency basis. Next
2013 season: Provided depth off the bench while seeing time in the outfield and at first base; played 86 games and hit .296 with nine home runs and 43 RBIs; hit 10th inning, pinch-hit, go-ahead grand slam Sept. 11 against Tampa Bay.
2014 outlook: Will see more of the same as in 2013, getting some occasional starts at first base or in the outfield, but mostly will get at bats off the bench later in games. Next
2013 season: Started 27 games for the Red Sox, going 11-6 with a 4.62 ERA in 162.1 innings; not originally named to postseason starting rotation; threw seven innings in the playoffs, including 4.2 in the World Series, allowing just three hits and one run.
2014 outlook: Will be a strong second lefthander in the rotation behind Jon Lester; most likely will be fourth starter; needs to work on keeping pitch count low and staying in games longer. Next
2013 season: Split time in left field with Daniel Nava; became first Red Sox player since 1953 with four pinch-hit home runs in one season; Red Sox went 10-1 in games Gomes started in playoffs.
2014 outlook: Will share time again with Nava in left field; provide Red Sox best righthanded bat off the bench; will continue to be a strong team leader. Next
2013 season: Played 81 games for the Colorado Rockies, hitting .292 with one home run and 16 RBIs in 195 at bats; traded to the Red Sox in December for Franklin Morales and minor leaguer Chris Martin.
2014 outlook: Will serve as utility infielder on major league roster, as he can play second base, third base, and shortstop; should see time as defensive replacement late in games. Next
2013 season: Had his best season in a Red Sox uniform, starting 29 games with a 3.52 ERA; outdueled Justin Verlander in Game 3 of the ALCS; allowed just one run in 6.2 innings in game 6 of the World Series, picking up his second career World Series clinching win.
2014 outlook: Will be No. 2 starter behind Lester; should pitch just as strongly as last season, while hopefully getting more run support, which was the primary reason for his 10-13 record in 2013. Next
2013 season: Had a strong start, then struggled, but finished strong for Red Sox; went 15-8 in 33 starts with an ERA of 3.75; was the Red Sox best pitcher in the playoffs, going 4-1 in five starts with a 1.56 ERA and 29 strikeouts.
2014 outlook: Will be Opening Day starter, as well as No. 1 in the Red Sox rotation; going into final year of current contract, should see more consistency after 2013 midseason struggles. Next
2013 season: Came back after broken wrist ended his 2012 rookie campaign; struggled early on and was sent to Pawtucket before August return to Boston; hit .227 with 17 home runs and 49 RBIs in 348 at bats.
2014 outlook: Will start at third base for 2014; Red Sox hope for consistency over a full season, as his 162 game average over two half-seasons is .254 with 32 home runs and 99 RBIs. Next
2013 season: Was having a strong season before a broken foot on July 6 ended his 2013; pitched 30.2 innings with a 2.64 ERA and 48 strikeouts against 17 walks.
2014 outlook: Will be a strong lefthander in the bullpen, his powerful pitching style contrasting the more finesse style of Craig Breslow. Next
2013 season: All-Star closer with the St. Louis Cardinals before losing job to Trevor Rosenthal late in the year; threw 64.2 innings in 2013 with 46 strikeouts and a 2.78 ERA, recording 37 saves; pitched just one playoff inning for St. Louis in their run to the 2013 World Series, allowing a home run.
2014 outlook: Should be a power righthander in late innings to help the bridge to Koji Uehara; could effectively close games when Uehara in unavailable. Next
2013 season: Had an up-and-down season for the Red Sox, but played 139 games and hit .259 with 23 home runs and 92 RBIs; played first base full-time for the first time in his career; hit .217 in the 2013 playoffs with two home runs and seven RBIs.
2014 outlook: Will start at first base for the Red Sox and hit in the order behind David Ortiz, giving the powerful DH a good backup; should split time with Ortiz at first base when visiting National League ballparks. Next
2013 season: Had a breakout campaign in 2013, sharing the left field job with Jonny Gomes and playing in Boston for the entire season; hit .303 with 12 home runs and 66 RBIs in 458 at bats; played nine games in the postseason, hitting .200 with two RBIs.
2014 outlook: Will split time in left again with Gomes; may spend time in the leadoff spot; should put up solid numbers comparable to 2013. Next
2013 season: Had a monster season after returning from an Achilles’ injury in 2012; hit .309 with 30 home runs and 103 RBIs; named World Series MVP after hitting .688 with two home runs and six RBIs in Red Sox’ six-game win over St. Louis.
2014 outlook: Should get right back to being the best designated hitter in the AL, and one of the most feared hitters in all of baseball. Next
2013 season: Traded to the Red Sox at the trade deadline in a deal that sent Jose Iglesias to Detroit; went 12-5 with a 4.17 ERA in 23 starts for Red Sox and White Sox; made three starts in the playoffs, going 1-2 with a 7.11 ERA in 12.2 innings.
2014 outlook: Will be a solid back of the rotation starter, most likely No. 3 or 4 in the rotation. Next
2013 season: Despite tearing a ligament in his thumb on Opening Day, put together a great 2013, hitting .301 with nine home runs and 84 RBIs; showed poise hitting in the three spot ahead of David Ortiz; had 15 hits and seven RBIs in the playoffs; was named to his fourth All-Star team and won his third career Gold Glove.
2014 outlook: Has been the most consistent Red Sox second baseman in a generation; should see stronger power numbers due to repaired thumb ligament; looks to build middle infield chemistry with Xander Bogaerts. Next
2013 season: Played 134 games for the Texas Rangers, hitting .272 with 17 home runs and 70 RBIs; was signed by the Red Sox in December to a one-year contract.
2014 outlook: Should start at catcher ahead of David Ross; most likely in Boston for one season as Red Sox prep catchers in minor leagues for the big club. Next
2013 season: Served as backup catcher behind Jarrod Saltalamacchia; missed almost three months of the season due to concussion; was pivotal in guiding Red Sox pitching staff through the playoffs and to World Series title.
2014 outlook: Will backup A.J. Pierzynski, but will get more playing time that last season; in the final year of a two-year deal he signed prior to the 2013 season. Next
2013 season: Did not play due to injury.
2014 outlook: Was named Red Sox Opening Day centerfield starter; is considered a low-risk, high-reward signing for the Red Sox, as it will be seen as a huge win if he can show any sign of the All-Star caliber he displayed in Cleveland. Next
2013 season: Very consistent reliever for the Red Sox; threw 68.1 innings with a 3.16 ERA with 72 strikeouts; proved to be a dominant eighth inning setup man for Koji Uehara down the stretch.
2014 outlook: Heads into 2014 as the presumed eighth inning reliever, barring an injury or unforeseen circumstance; will continue to work in efficient fashion in getting Red Sox out of jams late in tight games. Next
2013 season: Started the season as a middle reliever, and became the most dominant closer in baseball for the final three months of the season; after being named closer in late June, he allowed two earned runs on just 14 hits in 42 games with an ERA of 0.40; allowed one run and struck out 16 in 13 playoff games, posting an ERA of 0.66.
2014 outlook: Will be John Farrell’s go-to guy when the game is on the line; not clear if he can replicate his incredible 2013 numbers, but anything close would be more than the Red Sox could ask for from their fourth closer in 2013. Next
2013 season: Came to Boston without high expectations, but shined in right field for the Red Sox; hit .294 with 15 home runs and 61 RBIs, while also winning his fourth career Gold Glove; hit memorable grand slam in Game 6 of the ALCS to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 5-2 lead, propelling the Red Sox into the World Series.
2014 outlook: Will be the only returning full time starter in the Red Sox outfield; may move to leadoff spot in some games; should put up similar numbers to 2013; placed on the 15-day DL on Opening Day due to a hamstring injury. Next
2013 season: Saw his first major league action with the Red Sox; posted a 6-3 record with a 4.97 ERA; threw 41.2 innings on the year, mostly in the bullpen, but did get three starts; pitched 8.2 innings in the playoffs, allowing one run on seven hits.
2014 outlook: Will either be used in the bullpen to begin he season, or will be starting games in Pawtucket; looks to have the stuff to be a big league starter one day, but logjam in the rotation right now could delay him getting there. Next
John Farrell (manager)
2013 season: Managed his first season in Boston after serving as Terry Francona’s pitching coach for four seasons; led Red Sox from 69 wins in 2012 to 97 wins and the AL East title; like Francona, won World Series in his first season as Red Sox manager.
2014 outlook: After no expectations for 2013, Farrell must now get back to work and try to lead this team back to the top, while the target is squarely on the backs of the defending World Series Champions. Back to the beginning
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