The Red Sox may lack depth in their starting rotation, but when healthy Boston’s top three starters—Jon Lester, Josh Beckett and Clay Buchholz—rival those of any rotation in baseball.
Combine those three with an explosive offense and the Red Sox are well positioned to be in contention for a playoff spot even if they make no major moves before Opening Day.
And if they need help for their rotation, the options at the trade deadline are more appetizing than Lannan. The Brewers’ Zack Greinke is in his contract year, and if Milwaukee regresses and falls out of playoff contention, they could look to unload him. Same with the Cubs and Matt Garza. Or the Mets and R.A. Dickey.
Those are just three pitchers with a leg up over Lannan, either in terms of accomplishments or experience in pressure situations. And for all the Red Sox know Daniel Bard and/or Alfredo Aceves could make a successful transition to being a starter, or Daisuke Matsuzaka could contribute once he returns from injury.
Despite Red Sox fans’ worst fears, the team can afford to stand pat until the trading deadline, when they’ll know what they truly need to get back to October.