Red Sox spring training primer
Melancon set to solidify back end of 'penCherington traded shortstop Jed Lowrie and righthanded pitcher Kyle Weiland to the Astros for Mark Melancon, who saved 20 games last season with a 2.78 ERA. Drafted by the Yankees in 2006, the 26-year-old has closer ability, but he'll likely be a setup man in Boston.
"I think ultimately it will fall on Bobby [Valentine] and also our pitching coach, Bob McClure," Cherington said. "We believe both are fully capable of doing it. Baileys been doing it for a little bit longer, so perhaps he goes in with the leg up."