FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Following the announcement that Ryan Dempster will not pitch for the Red Sox in 2014, the Red Sox are stepping up their search for some veteran starting depth for their organization.
FoxSports.com reported that the Sox are in discussions with Massachusetts native Chris Capuano. The Sox already have five established major league starters in Jon Lester, John Lackey, Clay Buchholz, Felix Doubront and Jake Peavy, but with Dempster not pitching, the rest of the Sox' starting pitching options are relatively inexperienced.
An industry source said Sunday that the Sox have stepped up their interest in available free agent pitchers since learning that Dempster planned to not pitch.
Even so, manager John Farrell doesn't believe the Sox necessarily need to bolster their rotation by adding more experienced pitchers.
"I like the group that's here right now,'' said Farrell. "We also recognize that where we start at the beginning of the year isn't always where we end up. So what other pitchers might become available throughout the course of the year, I know Ben [Cherington] is doing everything he can to improve the club that we have.
"But if we don't add anyone, I like the fact that we have not only youth, but extremely talented youth, Brandon Workman being one example. You start to get into some of the other guys that are going to be in that group - I think Allen Webster is a guy we'll see some improvements from this year. He went through what I would consider a normal first year for a young pitcher. Rubby De La Rosa [is another]. There's no shortage of talent.
"I don't think we're in dire need to add veteran presence.''