The Boston Red Sox are comfortable enough with their starting pitching rotation that they are content to sit back and watch the market unfold, but still "committed to exploring every opportunity that exists on the market", reports WEEI.
WEEI reports that the Red Sox are open to trade possibilities to bolster their rotation, but not necessarily as interested as other teams in surrendering valuable assets in a trade. A source told Alex Speier that the Sox are "not close" on any sort of free agency acquisitions or trades to improve their starting pitching.
Red Sox starters had a 4.49 ERA last season (ninth in the AL) while pitching 940 innings (13th in the AL), but Boston management believes the top of the rotation -- featuring Josh Beckett, Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz -- is strong enough to wait out the pitching market without being overly aggressive. In the recent past, the Red Sox have made several key acquisitions in or after January, including David Ortiz, Adrian Beltre, Alfredo Aceves and Bill Mueller.