Why exactly did you trade for Jeff Bagwell?
Chris, Brighton, MA
I traded for Bagwell because, well, because he was a throw-in in a Rob Stiehl for Chris Reitsma deal. Sure, a pretty expensive throw-in, but a throw-in nonetheless. Hope that answers your question!
When will Phillip Hughes and Edison Volquez get permanent spots in the rotation?
Dave, Nashua, NH
Hughes will likely get a permanent slot next year, and if Volquez's debut (8 IP, 3 RA) is any indication, so will he. Next year's rotation projects as Wells, Floyd, Volquez, Lester, and Hughes, but that could easily be changed by free agent signings, trades, and other things.
What does next year's bullpen look like?
Mat, Portland, ME
Wow, that's something I haven't really thought about. The most likely scenario is MacDougal remaining the closer, with Hansen and Martinez setting up, and Timlin, Chris Smith, and Lenny DiNardo in middle relief, but that could once again be easily altered by trades, free agent signings, and other things.
What's the deal with Bagwell? Will he be re-signed?
Sam, Pittsfield, MA
He might possibly be re-signed to a minimum deal with lots of performance-based incentives, but it's highly unlikely that our owner will be willing to spend that much on him. So, to answer your question, this is most likely Bagwell's last season in a Red Sox -- or any -- uniform.
And that just about wraps up this week's edition of EB's Mailbag! Stay tuned for next week's edition!