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The Red Sox could probably get by and significantly improve with the addition of a Matt Garza or Wandy Rodriguez in the rotation via trade.
However, Ben Cherington and Co. should be looking to bring in Felix Hernandez at all costs.
King Felix has been one of baseball’s premier pitchers for the past few years, and considering how bad Seattle has been lately, Hernandez has been on the speculative trading block for a while now.
In 132.2 innings pitched this season, the 26-year-old has a 2.92 ERA and two shutouts—much better than the current Boston rotation can boast.
While his record is only 7-5, that’s partly because he’s pitching for a team that is 24th in runs, 29th in batting average and 30th in slugging percentage, making run support pretty scarce.
Not only would the addition of Hernandez provide a reliable, premium arm in the rotation, but it would also take the pressure off the other pitchers in the rotation.
Sure a trade of this magnitude would probably cost the "Sawx" some of their farm system, but if they want to guarantee competitiveness for an AL East title, it’s a move they need to get done.