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The 2012 Red Sox rotation was already facing one hole with Daisuke Matsuzaka injured for much of the 2012 season.
The starting five for the 2012 Red Sox? Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, and two people that have never been in my kitchen.
No Lackey and no Dice-K. I know what Red Sox fans are thinking. " We're better off without those bums!" " That's two fewer losses every five days."
As someone who never really looked forward to Lackey's starts and who absolutely dreaded Dice-K starts for years (it's true, and numerous family members and close friends would confirm this), I see where you're coming from.
I'm all for letting pitchers throw more pitches, but the Red Sox are going to need more than three starters next season and the current list of candidates for the two open rotation spots is as follows:
If that doesn't cause a surge in optimism then there's a reason for that. Those aren't very good pitchers.
I'll concede that Aceves is intriguing, and, of course, Miller was at one time a big-time prospect. He's not any more, though, and he's earned that downgrading of his projected ceiling. Weiland was dreadful down the stretch this past season, and Wakefield's best days are behind him.
The upcoming free agent market is thin as far as starting pitchers go. Clayton Kershaw, Justin Verlander and Roy Halladay aren't just going to fall into Boston's lap via some sort of pipe dream trade.
The Red Sox needed starting pitching before Lackey's injury. They're going to need it even more now.