It will take a lot more that prohibiting beer and fried chicken in the clubhouse for the Boston Red Sox pitching staff to perform better than it did at the end of 2011.
Even without the controversy surrounding Boston’s collapse at the end of last season, this group has its share of questions entering 2012.
Will Andrew Bailey adjust to a bigger and brighter spotlight as the replacement for departed closer Jonathan Papelbon? Can Daniel Bard successfully transition from setup man to starter? Are Josh Beckett and Clay Buchholz capable of staying consistent and healthy for a full season?
Like all teams with playoff aspirations, the Red Sox could use more depth in their rotation and bullpen—the former in particular. Even though the trade deadline is well over four months away, here are five pitchers Boston should consider dealing for.