Bullpen Report: Closers on new teams
Updated: January 28, 2013, 12:07 PM ETBy Eric Karabell
The best relief pitchers in the Boston Red Sox bullpen in 2012 were, believe it or not, right-handers Scott Atchison and Junichi Tazawa. Actually, that dynamic duo led all Red Sox pitchers in wins above replacement, which is hard to believe -- and a bit sad -- considering the staff included Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz and even Alfredo Aceves, who saved 25 games. Atchison and Tazawa did perform well in their combined 95 1/3 innings, but still, their team-leading WAR was a strong indicator as to why the team finished in last place in the AL East.
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