When the Boston Red Sox made the trade to get Jake Peavy, that gave them six starting pitchers. At the time it really didn’t make all that much of a difference considering Clay Buchholz had been out for an extended period of time and it was uncertain as to when he would be coming back into the rotation. In the postseason, a team doesn’t always have to have all their five starters going, so again it wasn’t too much of an issue. As we look at the 2014 season and all six starters are still wearing a Boston uniform, the question does present itself as to will or if the Red Sox plan on trading one of their pitchers.
We can assume that Buchholz, Jon Lester and John Lackey won’t be going anywhere. Because of the reasonable, team-friendly nature of his contract, Peavy probably won’t be traded either. That would leave Felix Doubront and Ryan Dempster. Unfortunately, Dempster may not have all that much trade value because he simply didn’t have that good of a season. Doubront does have some value, but it might not be in Boston’s best interest to trade a young left-handed starting pitcher with a great deal of upside.
So that leaves Boston with their six pitchers and prospects like Allen Webster and Brandon Workman knocking on the door. As attractive as it might be to see what sort of value Boston may get for one of its starting pitchers, I am beginning to think that holding on to all of them may not be a bad idea at all. There is a thought that you can never have enough pitching and having that sort of depth may get it through any sort of injuries or ineffectiveness. Good pitching will always beat good hitting.
As the winter heads into spring and pitchers and catchers start to report, this could be a situation that takes care of itself. These kind of things usually do.