While three games isn't a great sample size, it's never too early to panic in Boston or New York. Some items on the Red Sox this afternoon..
- The season may be young but Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports fears that the Red Sox's bullpen issues might be a sign of a long-term problem. Rosenthal writes that it might be time for the BoSox to turn to Daniel Bard as the closer since it is far too early in the season to trade for a reliable replacement.
- Theo Epstein left behind quite a mess from his final years in Boston, writes Tony Massarotti of the Boston Globe. When adding up the salaries of Carl Crawford, John Lackey, Bobby Jenks, Andrew Bailey (not an Epstein acquisition, though), and Daisuke Matsuzaka, the Red Sox effectively have more than $60MM on the disabled list.
- Is skipper Bobby Valentine looking to take Moneyball out of the equation in Boston? While some of Bobby V's decisions have raised eyebrows early in the year, Rob Neyer of SBNation says that it's far too early to tell one way or another.
- Veteran Aaron Cook can opt-out of his minor league deal on May 1st but it's more likely that the 33-year-old will have a place on the major leauge roster by then, writes Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald. Cook will earn the prorated portion of $1.5MM if he is called up to the varsity squad.
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