Brian Hines (Contributing Writer)
The Red Sox need help all over the field, but they desperately need pitching. They need aces to closers and everything in between. We have money to spend (big surprise) and theres a number of valuable guys available throughout trade or in the free agent market. So lets jump right in to the 2016 rotation and bullpen prediction.
1. David Price
|Price is the guy the Red Sox need to lead their rotation|
2. Clay Buchholz
As much as you don't want to see this name here, he'll be here. If Clay come snack at the end of this season and proves he's healthy, he'll certainly be back. Although if you look at Buchholz's production before the injury, he was pitching well. He had his ERA down to 3.26 with 7 wins and also struck out 8.5 batters per 9 innings. Clay has proved he can pitch efficiently, but health is the concern. I see the Sox picking up Buchholz's 13 million club option, but it could very well go down hill and be his last season in Boston. The Sox need to make sure they have some backup for Clay if (when?) he gets injured again. I see that coming in prospect Henry Owens or Steven Wright, who have both pitched nicely as of late.
3. Eduardo Rodriguez
Trading Andrew Miller for Eduardo looks like one of the best moves the Red Sox have made in the past two years. Rodriguez has had his rough games, leading to the 4.83 ERA, but has had games that show how good of a pitcher he could be. Out of his 14 starts, Rodriguez has given up 2 runs or fewer in 9 of those. Thats pretty good for a 22 year old rookie. Rodriguez looks like the real deal who could take a major jump in year 2.
4. Rick Porcello
Another name Red Sox Nation isn't very excited about. After trading Yoenis Cespedes for Porcello, the Sox had high hopes for him. But he hasn't succeeded, at all. Porcello only has won 5 games and has a pitiful 5.81 ERA, and he's pitched in 20 games. To make things better, the Red Sox gave him a big $70 million dollar contract, early in the season. As this contract almost makes him immovable, the Sox have to hope for a rebound.
5. Wade Miley
Miley was another name the Sox brought in through trade in the offseason. He hasn't been great this year as he supports a 4.68 ERA, but he's had his strong games. Im perfectly fine giving Miley the 5 position in the rotation as he'll give you a solid amount of quality innings. And lets remember, Miley was an all-star his rookie year. In his second year in Boston. lets hope Miley can get back to his all-star days.
Joe Kelly is a old name to Red Sox fans, but new name in the bullpen. Kelly has always been a starter here in Boston but needs to be converted into a reliever quickly. Kelly has been ineffective this year, and theres no room for him in the rotation next season. So why not try him in the pen. He's proved he can be effective at times, so he could add valuable depth to the bullpen.
Wright could be in contention for the teams 6th starter and is wanted in the organization. He's not the best reliever in the game but can get the job done. He'll mostly be here to take over in the rotation if someone goes down.
Furbush is the newest name to Red Sox fans. The first 5 people on this list are right handers. The Sox need some left handed relievers. Furbush to the Sox isn't a new thing, as its been rumored before. The Sox should definitely consider it as left-handed hitters has had a .484 OPS against Furbush since 2014. Out of all left handed relievers, that ranks sixth. I wouldn't be surprised if the Sox make a move to acquire a lefty like Furbush, and maybe even bring in another lefty or two as well.
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Brian Hines 8/14/2015 01:00:00 PM Tweet