According to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe (the boring broadsheet now owned by John Henry), the Red Sox may be in the hunt for Hiroshima Carp pitcher Kenta Maeda. The righthander will be available on the international market in November, and Boston (in need of two starters) will likely put up the $25 million posting fee. They will also explore trades with the Phillies for Cole Hamels and the Reds for Johnny Cueto. Look for a solid bid on AL East-tested James Shields as well. This would allow for—as suggested by Cafardo—Clay Buchholz and Joe Kelly to be "middle-of-the-rotation" starters. One or two of the "kids" (Allen Webster, Rubby De La Rosa, Anthony Ranaudo, Brandon Workman) could then flesh-out the back of the rotation.