Starting pitching was one of main weaknesses that plagued the 2012 Boston Red Sox, and making the starting rotation better this offseason has been a priority. Although finding one or two starters is a priority, the Red Sox have yet to act.
Boston finished last season with the fourth-worst ERA in baseball, the fourth-most walks and the fifth-highest opponent’s batting average. The Red Sox traded Josh Beckett midseason and Daisuke Matsuzaka’s contract has finally ended, so Boston is now left with Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, Felix Doubront and John Lackey.
With the Toronto Blue Jays vastly improving their rotation with a blockbuster deal, the Red Sox have to do something to make theirs even better. Whether it be signing a top free-agent starter or trading for one that intrigues them, they have to make a move now more than ever to avoid finishing in the cellar of the American League East in 2013.
Boston definitely has one starting job to fill, but who will fill it? Here’s a look at a few free agents and trade targets who could end up wearing a Red Sox uniform come Opening Day.