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Spring training starts in about two months. But the Red Sox may already be done assembling the team that will attempt to defend its World Series championship.
In a span of four days, the Red Sox signed three free agents: catcher A.J. Pierzynski, righthanded reliever Edward Mujica, and first baseman Mike Napoli. That filled the biggest gaps on the roster.
“The way the team stacks up right now, we’ve gotten some stuff done and we think that if Opening Day was tomorrow we’d be in pretty good shape,” general manager Ben Cherington said on Saturday.
Cherington said the Sox could afford to be “opportunistic” with their moves now. That could mean trading from their surplus of starting pitchers or a deep pool of prospects.