Spring Training '19

McAdam: Projecting the Red Sox bullpen for Opening Day

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The news Monday that second baseman Dustin Pedroia will start the year in extended spring training — and not on the Opening Day roster — means the Red Sox will begin the year with a 13-man pitching staff.

The Sox will have five starters -- Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello, Eduardo Rodriguez and Nathan Eovaldi -- and room, temporarily, for eight relievers with Pedroia's spot paving the way for one more pitcher.

So, we don't know for sure which pitchers will be in the bullpen, but we do know now how many: eight.

A look at the locks and the leading contenders for the bullpen as the season opener draws closer: