Source: Christopher Smith, Eagle Tribune
They have a great deal of starting pitching depth with Lester, John Lackey, Clay Buchholz, Felix Doubront, Jake Peavy, Ryan Dempster, Brandon Workman, Allen Webster, Steven Wright, Anthony Ranaudo, Matt Barnes and Rubby De La Rosa, with the last five all likely beginning the year at Triple-A Pawtucket.
The Red Sox will be most willing to deal Dempster and Peavy, both of whom are eligible for free agency after 2014.
Understandably, many Red Sox fans are fed up with Clay Buchholz’s durability and wouldn’t mind if he was traded.
But Buchholz has ace potential and the Red Sox might not receive equal return if they trade him this offseason after he struggled with a shoulder injury for much of the regular season and then experienced shoulder fatigue in the playoffs.