Red Sox should be AL East favorites

Red Sox should be AL East favorites
January 10, 2014, 3:30 pm
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Oct 30, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey (middle) is relieved by manager John Farrell (second from left) in the 7th inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during game six of the MLB baseball World Series at Fenway Park.

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The Boston Red Sox will probably be favored by most observers to repeat in the American League East. Boston won the World Series in six games, and they look stocked.

Jon Lester, John Lackey, Jake Peavy and Clay Buchholz all return. So do Ryan Dempster and Felix Doubront.

The Red Sox could be in on the Masahiro Tanaka bidding, too. If they are serious about landing him, they could trade some pitching.

Boston has a number of promising youngsters and a bullpen that includes Koji Uehara, Brandon Workman, Junichi Tazawa and free agent signee Edward Mujica.

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The Red Sox haven’t re-signed Stephen Drew. Because his market was hurt by a qualifying offer, they can afford to, and have waited on him.

Boston will have a new catcher, A.J. Pierzynski. Jarrod Saltalamacchia signed with Texas, and Jacoby Ellsbury took big money to go to New York.

Mike Napoli, Dustin Pedroia and Shane Victorino return. So does David Ortiz. Jackie Bradley, Jr. will try and replace Ellsbury.

At first glance, it looks like the most formidable team in the AL.

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