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MLB Notebook: Dave Dombrowski on why the Red Sox chose to spend on starters instead of bullpen

This winter, the Red Sox prioritized their starting rotation over their bullpen. If you're surprised about that, you probably shouldn't be.

After all, this marks the second time the organization has made such a choice in the last six months.

Back in July, while the Sox dabbled in some relief help (inquiring, for instance, twice about reliever Kelvin Herrera), they made a clear choice to address their rotation -- even if it came at the expense of bolstering their bullpen.

The Sox could have marshalled their efforts toward Zach Britton, who was being auctioned off by the Baltimore Orioles. Not even the likelihood that Britton could land with the rival Yankees -- he did -- seemed to distract the Sox from their focus on the rotation.