Possible offseason pitching targets for Red Sox
|Kelly was brought in at the deadline and will help the backend of the rotation|
\Lets go back to July 31st, otherwise known as the trade deadline that broke Red Sox fans hearts. 10:20 AM, the Sox make their first out of many moves. This one, a blockbuster. They send hometown favorites Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes to Oakland for right handed power hitter Yoenis Cespedes. Later in the day they trade John Lackey and Andrew Miller after already trading Felix Doubront and Jake Peavy earlier in the season. So at that moment our pitching rotation had two players, Clay Buchholz and newly acquired Joe Kelly.
Coming into this offseason the Red Sox need to work on their starting rotation. Lucky for them, there are an immense of superb pitchers out there, and the Sox have a lot of money on their hands. So lets take a look at some of the possible pitchers that could wind up in the 2015 starting rotation.
1. James Shields
Former Team: Kansas City Royals
|It seems very likely that Shields will end up |
pitching in Boston next season
Former Team: Oakland Athletics
|A Lester return is wanted but might be unlikely|
3. Max Scherzer
Former Team: Detroit Tigers
Scherzer is probably the biggest, sexiest name on the market this offseason and will draw a lot of interest from MLB teams. The rumors are that Detroit will try to resign him with the money they saved from the Kinsler deal, but they haven't agreed to a deal yet. But he is one of those 30 year old pitcher, never had arm surgery and looking for a max deal. If he falls to the market and Henry ends up wanting him, he'd be a perfect fit here in Boston.
4. Justin Masterson
Former Team: St. Louis Cardinals
A familiar face here in Boston could come back and help bolster the 2 or 3 starter position. Masterson had a few solid seasons in Cleveland but has struggled recently with St. Louis. The 29-year-old would represent a quality pickup for the Sox, but still could be a bit pricey for a second or third pitcher.
5. Homer Bailey
Former Team: Cincinnati Reds
|Bailey could be a fit if the Reds don't resign him |
The Reds will certainly try to extend the 28-year-old Bailey. But if they don't, Bailey would be an interesting target for the Red Sox. Bailey who already has two no-hitters on his resume and posted ERAs of 3.49 and 3.71 in 2013 and 2014. Plus Bailey missed most of this season with an arm injury which might interest John Henry.
6. Brandon McCarthy
Former Team: New York Yankees
Since arriving in New York, Brandon McCarthy has been a whole new pitcher. McCarthy will be 31 on opening day and might only seek a 2 year contract, which will increase the chances of the Red Sox making him an offer. Now he isn't a sexy name like Scherzer or Lester, but coming in at 2 years for about 25 million he could be a valuable piece. He would provide a quality #2 or #3 while some of the younger guys progress.
7. Cole Hamels
Current Team: Philadelphia Phillies
|Sale would be a perfect fit in Boston, but top prospects would |
have to be given up to get him
8. Chris Sale
Current Team: Chicago White Sox
Sale is another name that has been rumored with the Red Sox. Sale is a young, improving pitcher who is also locked up for the next few years. But Sale was one of the best pitchers this season, and is only 25 years old. The price here might be even more than Hamels, but you're getting one of baseballs best pitchers in return. Sale could carry this rotation and be a guy opposing players fear facing.
No matter what the Red Sox do this winter they need help in their starting rotation. If they want to compete for the next few years they need to spend some money on some pitching. Any combination of those 8 guys would improve
our pitching staff and make us contenders. I look forward to the offseason and hope the Red Sox can bring in a few of those guys.