One of the reasons why the Boston Red Sox were able to win the World Series was because of the quality of their starting pitching. That was a strength for them throughout the season and it continued to stay that way right into October. They have six quality arms and quite frankly don’t need anymore.
Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, Felix Doubront and John Lackey were very consistent throughout 2013. Jake Peavy was acquired late in the season and threw more than a few quality innings. About the only weak link in the rotation was Ryan Dempster, but even he wasn’t terrible. He basically did his job as a horse in the back end of the rotation who gave them a lot of innings. He was certainly better than some of the starts that a few pitchers threw in 2012.
Apparently Boston is interested in signing free agent Tim Hudson, but my question is why? Boston has five good starters and potentially a sixth in Dempster. The other good thing is they are all reasonably priced. The most expensive is probably Lester and his $13 million option that was just picked up. He showed during the postseason, however, that he is worth every penny. There is no need to overpay for Hudson, especially since he is recovering from a gruesome ankle injury. Sometimes an ankle or leg injury can end up causing an arm injury due to a pitcher having to change the way they throw. He is also 38 years old.
There really wouldn’t be a place for him. He probably has no interest in being a fifth starter or a spot starter at this point in his career.
Lester, Lackey, Buchholz and Peavy aren’t going anywhere. Doubront is probably the easiest to move, but again, why a pitcher like Hudson would want to come to be the fifth starter is beyond me. I am not denying the pedigree and statistics of Hudson. There just isn’t a good fit for him on this team at this time.
Boston won a title by being careful in their spending. This is no exception.