John Lackey has been a major disappointment for the Red Sox the past two seasons and he will almost certainly be sent packing. Dice-K is in the same boat, so the Red Sox will be on the hunt for quality starters to fill their rotation that already includes Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, and Clay Buchholz.
Beckett and Lester seem to be the aces of the Sox' staff, but their lack of clutch pitching down the stretch is reason for concern. Beckett was dominant most of the season, but you never know what you are going to get year in and year out.
There are many quality starters on the market this offseason including C.J. Wilson, Mark Buehrle, and Hiroki Kuroda. Wilson will probably command top dollar on the market, which may eliminate the Red Sox because of high spending offseason in 2011. However the Red Sox went after Kuroda at the trade deadline and Buehrle has proven to be a viable starter over his career.
Whether it be through trade or free agency, the Red Sox MUST address the starting pitching or they face a long season again in 2012.