Projecting the Red Sox Opening Day roster

Projecting the Red Sox Opening Day roster

Tom Joyce ·

Boston Red Sox Opening Day is in two weeks, folks, which means it's time to project the Opening Day roster. Here's what I'm thinking it will look like:

Rotation

David Price -- After the WS performance, have to assume confidence is sky high here.

Chris Sale -- Perennial Cy Young contender.

Rick Porcello -- Consistent innings eater in a contract year.

Eduardo Rodriguez -- Needs to stay healthy because when he's on, he's on.

Nathan Eovaldi -- Had a great postseason, but health will also be a concern here.

Bullpen

Matt Barnes -- Can he close? We'll find out.

Ryan Brasier -- Could be a bright spot in an otherwise rocky bullpen.

Heath Hembree -- Shouldn't face any left-handed batters, in my opinion.

Brandon Workman -- Is finally a full-time big leaguer--and he's earned it.

Tyler Thornburg -- He's out of options and they gave up Travis Shaw for him....

Brian Johnson -- He's left-handed, can start, and has a pulse.

Hector Velazquez -- Here's your long reliever.

Catchers

Christian Vazquez -- The team's starting catcher for the past two seasons. Why change now?

Blake Swihart -- He'll be 27 this season and as a former No. 1 prospect, it seems like he'll make the team over Leon.

Infield

Steve Pearce -- Of course the World Series MVP makes the team.

Mitch Moreland -- Another good first base option. Have to imagine they'll play percentages here.

Dustin Pedroia -- Is healthy, for now, but they'll have backup.

Brock Holt -- Can swim through land.

Eduardo Nunez -- Let's hope he's better than last year.

Xander Bogaerts -- He's been the shortstop for years now, and he's one of the best.

Rafael Devers -- Wouldn't be shocked if he had a breakout year at third base and offensively.

Outfield

JD Martinez -- He'll DH and play the field a little, and will be fantastic.

Mookie Betts -- Has to be an MVP candidate again.

Andrew Benintendi -- Still a young star left fielder in the making.

Jackie Bradley Jr. -- Hopefully the defensive whiz can do a little more at-bat this year.