Red Sox bring balance into Spring Training

Pitching additions designed to support Boston's strong offense

Red Sox bring balance into Spring Training

As's Spring Training primer continues, it's time to take a look at how the pieces will fit together for the Red Sox.

The starting lineup has all the same faces you remember from last year, but a realistic projection for improvement from the talented young core. There are also some determined veterans looking to bounce back from shaky first seasons in Boston.

The marquee new additions are on the pitching staff, where president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski added a new ace (David Price) and closer (Craig Kimbrel).

Outlook: Kimbrel, RP, BOS

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The main thing the Red Sox are looking for in 2016 is balance. They want any area of the club to be able to lead the way to victory on a given night.

"When you look over the last two years, we've been strong in one area and not been able to balance it out on the other side of the ball," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "And when you look at a team that's coming off a 2015 season in which it was fifth in the Majors in runs scored, that's a team that should, I think, even improve on that without additions and that means that Hanley [Ramirez] and Pablo [Sandoval] are big contributors in that way.

"When you combine the arms that Dave's been able to bring in, now it's a team that projects to be very strong offensively and on the mound."

Outlook: Ramirez, OF, BOS

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2015 record
78-84, fifth place in the American League East

Projected batting order (stats for 2015)
1. RF Mookie Betts:
.291 BA, .341 OBP, .479 SLG, 18 HR, 77 RBI, 21 SB
2. 2B Dustin Pedroia:
.291 BA, .356 OBP, .441 SLG, 12 HR, 42 RBI
3. SS Xander Bogaerts:
.320 BA, .355 OBP, .421 SLG, 7 HR, 81 RBI
4. DH David Ortiz:
.273 BA, .360 OBP, .553 SLG, 37 HR, 108 RBI
5. 1B Hanley Ramirez:
.249 BA, .291 OBP, .426 SLG, 19 HR, 53 RBI
6. 3B Pablo Sandoval:
.245 BA, .292 OBP, .366 SLG, 10 HR, 47 RBI
7. LF Rusney Castillo:
.253 BA, .288 OBP, .359 SLG, 5 HR, 29 RBI
8. C Blake Swihart:
.274 BA, .319 OBP, .392 SLG, 5 HR, 31 RBI
9. CF Jackie Bradley Jr.:
.249 BA, .335 OBP, .498 SLG, 10 HR, 43 RBI

Outlook: Ortiz, DH, BOS

Projected rotation (stats for '15)
1. David Price, 18-5, 2.45 ERA
2. Clay Buchholz, 7-7, 3.26 ERA
3. Rick Porcello, 9-15, 4.92 ERA
4. Eduardo Rodriguez, 10-6, 3.85 ERA
5. Joe Kelly, 10-6, 4.82 ERA

Projected bullpen (stats for '15)
Closer: Craig Kimbrel, 39/43 saves, 2.58 ERA
RH setup man: Koji Uehara, 2.23 ERA
LH setup man: Robbie Ross Jr., 3.86 ERA

Pitchers and catchers report

Full squad reports
Feb. 23

First Spring Training game
Home vs. Twins, March 2, 1:05 p.m. ET

Opening Day
Away vs. Indians, April 4, 4:10 p.m. ET

Ian Browne is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.