You guys are expecting the Sox to have a bench full of all-star players? The Tigers had utility guys like Ryan Raburn, Ramon Santiago, and Don Kelly on their bench last year and won an AL Pennant. Only one of these guys hit over .200 There just aren't a ton of teams out there that can stack their bench with expensive veteran talent. Most teams fill out their roster with young players and journeyman veterans. Guys like Dwayne Wise and Angel Sanchez.
The very existence of flamethrowers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, "You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I'm just not close enough to get the job done." -George Carlin