The Red Sox bolstered their starting pitching with the addition of Jake Peavy, but does that put them on par with the top rotations in the American League?
The "Uno Sports Tonight" trio of Michael Felger, Gary Tanguay and Rob "Hardy" Poole of 98.5 The SportsHub agreed the Sox had the third-best rotation in the AL, behind the Tigers and Rays, before the Peavy trade and after the deal went through.
At least for Hardy, Peavy, a 32-year-old right-hander, is helpful but not a significant improvement to the Red Sox starting five.
"Peavy doesn't make them elite, but he's a nice piece. He's not, at this point in his career, somebody that puts you over the top," Hardy said. "He's a good piece and can be described as a bit of a swashbuckler, which you don't get a lot of swashbuckling anymore."
Then again, Peavy does fit into the mold of the Red Sox right now. The team only had three All-Stars this season despite having the best record in the AL at the All-Star break.
For Hardy, the 2013 Sox represent a team nearly devoid of superstars but one that gets a meaningful little contribution from every player.
"Isn't this what this team is right now? A bunch of pieces," Hardy said. "Aside from David Ortiz, really you've got a bunch of pieces. You don't have any truly, truly elite guys, at least the way they're playing this season."