5 Lower-Cost Free-Agent Pitchers Worth a Look by the Red Sox

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5 Lower-Cost Free-Agent Pitchers Worth a Look by the Red Sox
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Despite an annually substantial payroll, the Red Sox still take gambles with lower-priced pitchers.

The Boston Red Sox finished 2012 with a 4.72 team ERA, making pitching one of their primary areas of need following a 93-loss season.

According to WEEI, Red Sox GM Ben Cherington announced on the Boston-area Dennis and Callahan Show that the team intends to have a significant payroll in 2013.

ESPNBoston believes that the Red Sox would need to spend in excess of $100 million in 2013 in order to reach payroll levels of recent years. In particular, the pitching staff has holes that could be filled by using some of that available cash, but that could be problematic.

CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reported that Boston doesn't intend to pursue Zack Greinke, the consensus best available pitcher. This may tempt the team to overpay lesser options like Edwin Jackson or Kyle Lohse.

Just because the Red Sox have money to spend doesn't mean that they should ignore lower-cost options. Pitching depth is always at a premium and the Red Sox should explore any pitchers who might provide more insurance than what they had last season.

There are a number of intriguing free-agent pitchers who won’t break the bank, but have the potential of paying off big. Click through to see five of these pitchers the Red Sox should explore to possibly improve their 2013 pitching staff.

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