Red Sox content but fielding calls on starting pitching

Red Sox content but fielding calls on starting pitching
December 9, 2013, 8:15 pm
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Red Sox have six established starting pitchers on their roster -- Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, Felix Doubront, John Lackey, Ryan Dempster and Jake Peavy -- and may be in a position to deal one off.
     
The Sox continue to insist publicly that they don't feel compelled to make a deal, but if someone wants to make a good offer, they'll listen.
     
It may take deeper into the off-season for talks to turn more urgent, as some teams are still looking at some of the big name free agent starters such as Matt Garza and Ervin Santana, before turning to trade options.
     
"There's been a handful of teams that have been calling since the beginning of the off-season," said Ben Cherington, "and that hasn't really changed since some of the free agents have come off the board. I wouldn't say it's changed much since the beginning of the off-season.
     
"That doesn't mean we're close to doing anything. But we're still hearing from teams. We're very comfortable not doing anything. We're very comfortable just holding onto everyone. I think we all know that starting pitching, even a supposed surplus, has a way of working itself out, usually. We're very comfortable not doing anything, but if the movement with free agents or trades or whatever creates motivation on some teams' part, where it now leads to something that makes sense for us, we'd certainly listen and consider it."