PROVIDENCE With the five spots in the rotation claimed by left-handers Jon Lester and Felix Doubront, and righties Clay Buchholz, John Lackey, and Ryan Dempster and lefty Franklin Morales and right-hander Alfredo Aceves as potential fill-ins, it may be difficult to find pitching depth with established veterans.
Certainly when you have two wide-open spots its an easier sell, said Cherington. But theres advantages to being in a camp like the Red Sox, too, because you know that people are going to be watching and hopefully its going to be a good environment for a pitcher whos trying to get ready for the regular season. They want to be in an environment where they can do that and theyre going to have all the resources that theyre going to need and hopefully we provide that. So well see. I dont think it's a necessity that we add someone but if we can we may do that.
The Red Sox made a major splash with Tuesday’s Chris Sale, the second swap of the day after acquiring Tyler Thornburg from the Brewers.
While Boston had to give up top prospect Yoan Moncada and three other legitimate prospects in the trade, the deal gives them a very deep starting rotation that figures to see last offseason’s big acquisition -- David Price -- end up as Boston’s No. 3 starter.
Here’s what the reaction looked like as the trade came down:
CSN baseball analyst Lou Merloni gave the deal his stamp of approval.
Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan cautioned against thinking the Red Sox at a discount.
Blake Swihart was not one of the four prospects involved in the deal, and he’ll have a heck of a team to work with going forward.
In Tampa, Chris Archer realized the AL East has a new ace.
And one Sox fan pointed out that Dave Dombrowski has absolutely dumped out what was once a large and top-heavy chest of prospects.