Friday the 13th was a bit of a horror story for Boston Red Sox fans. Not only did the New York Yankees sign free-agent pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, but they also traded Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi for young stud pitcher Michael Pineda of the Seattle Mariners.
Pineda is only 22 years old with one season under his belt. His ERA is 3.74 in 28 games, and he started all 28. He pitched 171 innings with a WHIP of 1.099.
This dude is a beast.
He is now a New York Yankee.
The Red Sox have been playing possum, trying to sign low-risk, high-reward players, and the Yankees, without spending too much money or too many prospects, have just passed Boston by.
If the Red Sox plan to keep pace, here are five moves they could make to counter the Pineda acquisition.