Red Sox
Don't look for any closer vs. starter controversies this offseason. The dancing star is set to shut the door in the ninth in '08, and setup man Hideki Okajima is also under contract. But what about other openings in the bullpen? Will Mike Timlin come back for another go-around? And what about the embattled Eric Gagne? Should the Sox try to re-sign him for a set-up role in '08? Theo Epstein has admitted to struggling to get the bullpen mix right throughout his tenure as GM, and the challenge awaits him again.
The bullpen
Don't look for any closer vs. starter controversies this offseason. The dancing star is set to shut the door in the ninth in '08, and setup man Hideki Okajima is also under contract. But what about other openings in the bullpen? Will Mike Timlin come back for another go-around? And what about the embattled Eric Gagne? Should the Sox try to re-sign him for a set-up role in '08? Theo Epstein has admitted to struggling to get the bullpen mix right throughout his tenure as GM, and the challenge awaits him again.
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