The Boston Red Sox starting rotation was a mess last season. Jon Lester, Josh Beckett and Felix Doubront all had ERAs over 4.80, and Clay Buchholz wasn’t much better at 4.56.
John Lackey will likely be back next year, but with the departure of Beckett and Daisuke Matsuzaka, the Sox will have an open spot in their rotation. If it’s not filled by prospects such as Rubby De La Rosa or Allen Webster, Boston will look to the free-agency market.
Here’s a list of 10 players the Sox may sign, ranked in order from most to least likely.