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Rob Bradford joined WEEI.com after serving as a Red Sox beat writer for the Boston Herald and the Eagle-Tribune (Lawrence, Mass.). Prior to manning the Red Sox beat, he spent several years at the Lowell Sun. He has written two books: “Chasing Steinbrenner,” following the front offices of the Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays through the 2003 season, and “Deep Drive: A Long Journey to Discovering the Champion Within,” which he co-authored with Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell.

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Mookie Betts. Xander Bogaerts. Hanley Ramirez. They all missed just enough time for us to reflect on who might be the most important Red Sox. But watching the end of the game Sunday, there could be another candidate. The Red Sox really, really need a good Craig Kimbrel. Perhaps the importance of Kimbrel was brought to the surface by the wave of constant reminders what the Red Sox gave up for him. As the closer was struggling to get a save in his team's 7-5 win over Detroit, more than a few took to Twitter to surface the stats of Manuel Margot, who is carrying a .940 OPS with two home runs over his first seven games this season. Yet there is another very simple way to highlight Kimbrel's candidacy for the Sox' most important player: Who would the Red Sox' turn to as a replacement? The Red Sox are currently a team possessing a bullpen with just one player who has enough to experience to be designated a role. Matt Barnes may soon morph into the no-doubt eighth inning guy, and somebody like
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- When I was a kid I actually stressed about spring training standings. I confess. Sure, there was some understanding that this was all make believe. Semi-daily pictures of George Scott in a rubber suit on an exercise bike hinted at that. But, nonetheless, when you started seeing the Red Sox wallowing in the Grapefruit League standings, it suggested just enough to make one wonder if paying attention the next six months would be worth it. Then I became aware of what spring training truly was: one of the most bizarre exercises in organized anything. The Red Sox are 1-5 this spring after getting housed by the Orioles, 12-5, at a stadium named after somebody named Ed Smith. Eight-year-old Robbie would be panicked right about now. But I believe Belgian musician Brian Molko said it best when suggesting, "We live in a strange bubble." Yes, indeed. And this bubble involves a lot of traffic lights, crates of Coppertone, and go-cart tracks that serve beer. Spring training



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