After acquiring a front-line closer, Andrew Bailey, from the Oakland Atheltics Wednesday, the Boston Red Sox are now looking for a starting pitcher that can help fill out their rotation. According to SI.com's Jon Heyman, the Red Sox are eying free-agent pitchers Hiroki Kuroda, Matt Garza, Roy Oswalt, John Saunders and Edwin Jackson.
However, if the Red Sox brass doesn't feel that anyone of those pitchers are either too expensive or not a good option, they could go with in-house candidates, left-handers Andrew Miller and Felix Doubron says Joe McDonold of ESPNBoston.com.
"We'll continue to work and we're actively considering and looking at starting pitching options, also," said Cherington. "But we haven't found one, yet, where we feel like the acquisition cost is the right one. That doesn't mean it won't come to us, it just hasn't come, yet."
Cherington believes he's in a position to be patient in regards to the starting pitching market because of what the team already has at the front of the rotation with Jon Lester, Josh Beckett and Clay Buchholz. If Bard can have success as a starter, and a healthy and productive Daisuke Matsuzaka enters the mix, the rotation starts looking pretty good.
"If we can find ways to build depth into the rotation, we will," Cherington said. "We don't feel like we're forced into doing that."