With right around a month separating us from spring training, there have to be some positive feelings amongst Boston Red Sox fans heading into 2013 as the team has made a number of moves to improve their roster in the improving AL East.

Between the addition of Ryan Dempster to the starting rotation and Joel Hanrahan as the team’s closer, the pitching staff has gotten a jolt after seeing Josh Beckett depart last summer.

In the lineup, Shane Victorino should play a key role in the Red Sox outfield, while Mike Napoli could give the offense some much needed pop—if they can ever finalize his contract.

Closing the deal for Napoli would likely mark the biggest financial commitment they’d make for the remainder of the offseason, but another signing could prove to be just as big in a number of other ways.

As Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe pointed out during a recent Q&A with fans, he wouldn’t be opposed to the notion—since the team is already looking at Bobby Abreu

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