3. Boston Red Sox
Thornburg was a great addition to this bullpen, and it will take some pressure off of guys like Hembree and Barnes, who had to take on increased roles in 2016 due to the Smith injury. However, they did well at it.
The lefty Abad was not good once coming to Boston from Minnesota in 2016, and the Red Sox will need more from him in 2017.
The other question is Kimbrel. He had by far the worst year of his career in 2016, but was still an All-Star, and his ERA was still 3.40. Maybe not the time to panic yet. But, with Britton and Chapman in the division, the Red Sox would like that ERA back below 2.15, where it was for most of his Atlanta Braves’ career.