Boston Red Sox: Projecting the 2014 Starting Rotation

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Boston Red Sox: Projecting the 2014 Starting Rotation
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With all the uncertainty surrounding the Boston Red Sox pitching rotation, it's hard to tell who might be the starters by the 2014 season.

Going into 2012, there wasn't a lot of clarity as to who would break spring training in the starting rotation. As it worked out, Boston decided to go with three regulars—Jon Lester, Josh Beckett and Clay Buchholz—as well as two newcomers to the rotation—Felix Doubront and Daniel Bard.

The starting rotation couldn't have been much worse over the opening weeks of the season, but they have since started to work out the kinks and pitched rather well. It's still unknown as to who will finish the season in the Boston rotation, but there definitely could be some changes made in near future.

Daisuke Matsuzaka was recently transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL to open up a spot on the 40-man roster (via Boston Globe), and John Lackey will miss the entire season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Both of them are signed through this season.

Looking past the remainder of this season and even next year, contracts will expire, trades will be made, prospects will be called up and free agents will be signed.

General manager Ben Cherington will have a lot on his plate in the upcoming seasons, especially with the starting rotation.

Here's a look at who his five starting pitchers could turn out to be in 2014.

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