Boston Fills Pitching Needs Quickly

The Boston Red Sox acquired Rick Porcello, Justin Masterson, and Wade Miley in a deal that sent Yoenis Cespedes to the Tigers. This is coming after their ace hit the road for the Cubs a day earlier.

The winter meetings are coming to a close and Boston has already stabilized their pitching rotation with three durable and reliable pitchers and are still showing interests in finding that No.1 pitcher to replace Jon Lester.

The details of the transactions are such:

  1. Boston sends Yoenis Cespedes to Detroit for righthander Rick Porcello.
  2. Boston added righthander Juston Masterson on a one-year, $9.5 million deal including incentives.
  3. Boston sends Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster and a possible minor leaguer to Arizona for lefty Wade Miley

The trade for Porcello was done before GM Ben Cherington was able to get on a plane ride home from the winter meetings. As for the other deals, it might take a few days to be finalized, including dealing with the minor leaguer in the deal with the D-backs.

These deals really have no downside for the Red Sox, the three new starters only add a total of $26 million to the payroll because of arbitration projections for Wade Miley and Rick Porcello. They biggest loss was Cespedes who they could afford to lose when they picked up Hanley Ramirez. The only thing left to do is find their ace. When asked about their approach to find such a starter, Cherington replied,

“I think it’s never a question whether a team would benefit from having an ace or a front-of-the-rotation type starter. The question is how do you get them and where do they come from?…If you look at 2014, the top 10 or 15 starting pitchers, there are a bunch of them two years ago would not have been on that list. Pitching can change quickly. Hopefully we’re closer to building some strength and depth in the rotation.”

James Shields looks to be a good way to go after his contract with the Royals expired after this year. He had 14-8 record, 3.21 ERA in 34 games played last year. Unfortunately for the Red Sox, they aren’t the only one interested in him. The Giants are in deep for the California native that they beat twice in the World Series this year.

Another road they have is free agent Max Scherzer who they haven’t ruled out but they aren’t very invested in him. The Sox reported that if it gets in the range of eight years, $200 million area they are out.

They have also considered Cole Hamels of the Phillies who at this point looks like they are willing to deal any of their talent for future prospects to start the long rebuilding process. They showed interest over the season last year but nothing came of it and so far they have yet to have a meaningful conversation about it.

Don’t be surprise if the Sox take a little time to sort out the best options after their fast actions recently. The near future looks bright for the team that finished 25 games back in the AL East and they look to be in contention once again.

(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Kevin Bridge

Owner at The Backfield Press
I am an undergraduate student at the University of Tennessee majoring in journalism and electronic media. I am the founder of The Backfield Press.