Red Sox thankful to not have to chase players like Santana or Nolasco
by, 11-08-2013 at 01:23 PM (461 Views)
I personally don't think the Twins should chase 30+ yr old pitchers. Only exception to 'add an arm' is when you're contending and one piece could make the difference.
Here's an article found on a Boston Red Sox forum. Thought it was interesting they, who have little to no need for pitching (they did chase on Ryan Dempster though - which didn't turn out very well) and tried to get a few games out of Jake Peavy (in season trade).
Lackey was a signing, ironically, at age 30.
So...maybe not something the Red Sox don't do, but something this fan/writer is at least glad they don't have to play that Russian roulette again this year.
Per Over the Monster,
"The Red Sox thankfully don't need to invest in a Santana or Nolasco, because they've set themselves up to avoid that very thing."
The Red Sox have multiple pitching prospects who could turn out to be mid-rotation arms, if not better. Matt Barnes, Anthony Ranaudo, and Allen Webster are all at Triple-A, and all fit this criteria as top-100 prospects. Henry Owens could very well be the best of the bunch, and he's at Double-A. Even if they don't all pan out, the Red Sox won't need all four to reach their ceiling, at least not right away: Clay Buchholz is under contract through 2016, Felix Doubront hasn't even reached arbitration yet, and John Lackey has two more years left on his long-term deal.