Monday, December 10, 2012

Rotation Options Narrow For Dormant Red Sox

Then Came Bronson—Again? (Jeff Zelevansky/Icon SMI)
As the world passes your Carmine Hose by, their number one off-season need—starting pitching—remains unfulfilled. And, with a flurry of activity recently, their rotation options are dwindling fast. As Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston points out, there are basically four realistic options left: Kyle Lohse, Anibal Sanchez, Matt Garza and Mike Minor. All have various downsides—ranging from age, to recent injury to excessive cost. There are also a number of 'wild card' options—not the least of which is old friend Bronson Arroyo—who would need to approve a trade back to his old stomping grounds. What the Sox need is a proven starter who can rack up innings. They had better act soon, or that animal may become extinct.