As the Boston Red Sox wind down on their free agent frenzy this off season, their roster is nearly complete. At this point, they are trading an outfielder away from having their roster nearly set for 2015.
Right now, there appears to not be many position battles for the Red Sox heading into Spring Training. There only appears to be one and it is for the last spot in the bullpen. While Koji Uehara, Edward Mujica, Junichi Tazawa, Craig Breslow, Anthony Varvaro and Tommy Layne all look to have safe spots on the team next year, that seventh spot in the bullpen is up for grabs. With the lack of stamina in the bullpen, it appears as though the spot will go to a long reliever.Steven Wright
Brandon Workman, Steven Wright, Matt Barnes, Drake Britton, Heath Hembree and Zeke Spruill are all viable candidates for that last spot in the bullpen, but only one will get the job. In the likely case that the team is reserving that last spot for a mop-up man or long reliever, Steven Wright is the man for the job.
In his big league career, Steven Wright has pitched in ten games over the course of two seasons with one responsibility— eat innings. The 30-year-old knuckler had done just that for the most part, getting his teams out of tough situations and saving the bullpen.
Allowing 14 earned runs in 34.1 big league innings, Wright has done his job and done it well although his results in this role would not exactly matter. All he would need throw a few innings so other members of the bullpen would not need to pitch in lopsided games.
Out of all of the members of the bullpen, Wright would likely be used the least but he would still be serving a valuable role nonetheless. To make matters better for Wright, he might get to make a start or two in this role, if called upon.