I’ve been putting together these periodic 25-to-1 rankings of the Red Sox roster for three or four seasons now. It’s always a fun task, one that reveals the real strengths and weak spots on the roster.
I can say with certainty that this year’s exercise in rating the individual importance of each player had a different vibe to it. First, there’s considerably less star power in years past when, say, someone like Jonathan Papelbon may not crack the top 10. Yet there’s a little more depth—potential contributors such as Ryan Lavarnway, Daniel Bard, and Rubby De La Rosa didn’t make the cut—and the process serves to emphasize the remarkable array of talent that has been accumulated in the bullpen.
It’s a really interesting collection of players that new manager John Farrell (pictured in 2010) will oversee. Here’s where they each stand as spring training finally arrives on the horizon.