Looking ahead to this free-agency period, here are some free agents and non-tender candidates who might fit the Boston Red Sox' odd mix of rebuilding/contending mode in 2013.
Not every free agent signed during this period by the Boston Red Sox is going to be of the big-name, household variety.
Hopefully, some of the names on this list might have you dig a little deeper to find out more about them. Many of the players listed here would be depth signings for the Red Sox—players added to the mix, but not immediately depended upon to produce results.
Most of these players are coming off of an injury or have an injury history.
Oh, and you'll be seeing the phrase "Tommy John surgery" quite a bit during this slideshow.
I am of the mindset that the Red Sox can compete for a playoff spot in 2013 without hurting the club over the long term. Long-term pitcher contracts will be avoided in lieu of shorter value contracts in order to rebuild Boston's major league roster.
Here is a list of eight pitchers who would make sense for Boston for the upcoming season. Of the group listed, I would expect the Red Sox to sign maybe one or two of these pitchers, max.
If I had my choice of the group listed, I'd would be most interested in Scott Baker and Brian Wilson.
All the statistics used in this slideshow are from Baseball Reference.