The Red Sox presently have too many Starting Pitchers. I understand what G.M. Ben Cherington says when he points out you can never have enough Starting pitching. Goodness knows the Sox have had their fair share of injuries in the past but how many is too many and how many is not enough?
At this moment they have ten (10) Starters. List- Lester, Lackey, Buchholz, Peavy, Doubront, Dempster, Ranaudo, Webster, Workman and Wright. You could also include; Rubby De La Rosa, (who has bounced in and out of the rotation), then the number grows to eleven (11). Rubby is one of the many that I firmly believe would be better off staying in the bullpen, I would add Webster and Doubront to that list as well. Basically any pitcher that has control, command, lack stamina or repeat delivery issues would be better off as a Reliever.
One of the problems with carrying too many Starting Pitchers isn’t just where it puts the team payroll wise but also whose development is stunted. Pitchers like Brandon Workman have been forced to work from the bullpen. Normally this wouldn’t be a problem but in Workman’s case his numbers as a Starter are leagues better than how he performed as a Reliever.
SP- (MLB)- 3 games, 18.1IP, 2.45ERA, 1.04WHIP
SP- (AAA)- 6 games, 35.1IP, 2.80ERA, 1.47WHIP
RP- (MLB)- 17 games, 23.1IP, 6.94ERA, 1.71WHIP
It is very important that Ben find a way to get his young talent, like Workman, Anthony Ranaudo… into the rotation, now and in the near future. This can’t be accomplished when you have too many highly paid Major League Starters ahead of them. If you aren’t going to integrate young players into the lineup or in this case into the rotation, then as a G.M. you’d better start trading them away or it’s simply a waste of talent. Personally I prefer to hang onto the Workman’s, the Ranaudo’s and move the older, much more expensive players/pitchers. I also believe in trading a player (when possible) at his highest value, getting the absolute most in return. Most fans want Ben to trade away Ryan Dempster or Jake Peavy but their value is at its lowest, meaning the Sox would be taking a hit. So as much as fans love them, I wouldn’t be afraid to trade a Jon Lester or John Lackey, because their value won’t ever be higher than right now. It’s a scary proposition but if Ben could acquire the next Wil Myers (or better) than you have to do it. And let’s not forget, it would allow someone like Brandon Workman to be a Starting Pitcher.
What would you do?